Making a big difference

St Edith's, B'Wilton - Sammi (St Martin) & Sid (the beggar) with clothes donated for York homeless

St Edith's, B'Wilton - Sammi (St Martin) & Sid (the beggar) with clothes donated for York homeless

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‘GIVE something away to make a big difference’.

That was the theme of the Christingle Eucharist at St Edith’s Church in Bishop Wilton where school children acted out the parable of the sheep and the goats and inspired donations to help the homeless.

Children from Bishop Wilton Primary School re-enacted the Story of St Martin - a Roman soldier who cut his cloak in half and gave half to a beggar - and their performance prompted the audience to donate over 100 items of clothing to the York-based homeless charity Arklight.

Sammi Minnion, 10, played St Martin in the play and said: “The story means that if you give something away, it makes a big difference.”

Sidney McCoy, 9, played the beggar and added: “We are giving the clothes to homeless people in York because for them to get a job they need good clothes.”

Father James Finnemore said that he hoped the event would herald an annual collection, adding that St Martin was a role model for our day.