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Ponders End church group received praise for their efforts to feed the local community during the pandemic

Members of the Gospel Temple Apostolic Church attending the National Diversity Awards in Liverpool on September 17 (Credit Sara Porter)

A charity church based in Ponders End has been recognized for its contribution to the local community in Enfield and Tottenham.

The National Diversity Awards, which “celebrate unity in society,” saw the Gospel Temple Apostolic Church as one of eight nominees in the category of community organizations (race, religion and faith), recognizing individuals and groups who have made “an exceptional contribution to their local community. community”.

Gospel Temple has been acclaimed for establishing food centers in Ponders End and Northumberland Park for the unemployed, homeless and elderly. Since the start of the pandemic, demand for food hubs has increased by 50%, with food parcels also being delivered to the homes of isolated people.

Church members traveled to Liverpool for the National Diversity Awards ceremony last month, which had been delayed for a year by the pandemic. Gospel Temple secretary Ann Waugh said, “While we didn’t win the award, many people think we won by going this far! I have been honored to be part of a movement of people, from top to bottom across the UK, dedicated to helping, caring and uplifting others in need through selfless acts of kindness, compassion and love.

“I have witnessed selfless acts on the part of community groups and role models who do not ask for thanks or praise. Just take a moment to think about the ripple effect this has on the whole of the UK.

“Millions of lives are changed for the better because of our collective compassion, courage and ambition to bring hope and a helping hand. “

This year, Gospel Temple also won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the highest honor a group of volunteers can receive in the UK – for their work in Tottenham. It was one of 241 charities, social enterprises and volunteer groups to receive the award in 2021.

Reverend Jason Young said, “I am delighted that our volunteers have been recognized for the work they do each week.

“Our work was originally aimed at a Jamaican audience, but once we opened up our facilities and started sharing with the local community, we integrated. I am really happy for our volunteers who worked hard to make this happen. “

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