On behalf of the Salvation Army and ChristChurch Grantham I wish to thank all who gave or assisted in any way with the street collection and sponsored walk in aid of the Salvation Army’s work with victims of human trafficking, and the ChristChurch Community Project.
We collected £52.95 from generous members of the public, and together with sponsorship, other donations and Gift Aid we hope to top £700, which will be divided between the two causes.
ChristChurch is modernising and adapting the buildings on Finkin Street so that they are accessible to all and provide a welcoming venue suitable to the 21st century.
Human trafficking is the fastest growing international crime.
Just the day before the walk, a young woman who had been trafficked was rescued in a town not far from Grantham and taken to a safe house where her needs will be assessed by the Salvation Army and, together with other agencies, she will be helped to realise her dream of education, legitimate work or maybe return home to her friends and family in her own country.
Major Marta Ager walked blindfolded, and I walked with chains on my wrists and ankles to show symbolically what it is like not to be in control of what you can do and where you can go.
If you suspect anyone is a victim of human trafficking, or you are a victim yourself, please ring the helpline number 0300 3038151 which is totally confidential and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.