UCKG HelpCentre Launches Christmas Bag Pack Appeal in North London

Christian faith, Finsbury Park, Listed building, Rainbow Theatre, Seven Sisters Road,

Thursday 12th December 2013

Shoppers at the new Sainsbury’s in the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium development are the first to benefit from the UCKG HelpCentre’s Christmas bag pack.

Up to seven HelpCentre volunteers are present in the store daily until December 24th to help customers with packing their purchases.  At the same time, they hope to attract donations towards essential repairs to the iconic Grade II* listed Rainbow Theatre in Finsbury Park.

Ebru Caglar, a customer assistant at the store said: “it’s really good having the volunteers here to help especially with the elderly.  It’s quite difficult for them to pack their bags.”

UCKG HelpCentre fundraising manager Candace Johnson added: “This is something new for us as in past years our Christmas fund-raising has focused on carol singing in streets across London and bucket collections around the country where we have HelpCentres.

“However it is good to ring the changes.  Since our desire to help people is what drives us, we are linking our fund-raising directly to helping shoppers with extra heavy bags and those for whom the weekly supermarket trip is always a challenge.”

The initiative started in Tottenham on December 1st and is being rolled out across London as more supermarkets come on board.

The iconic Grade II* listed Rainbow Theatre building in Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park is the UCKG’s lead HelpCentre in this country and its UK headquarters.

Support services open to all that are based there include RAHAB, a group for helping women to move on from abusive relationships and re-build their lives.

VYG is the UCKG HelpCentre’s youth group that helps young people from both good and challenging backgrounds to maximise their potential; and there are further groups that support prisoners, assist older people and run social events for them and operate a 24/7 telephone helpline.

A substantial building in good condition is essential to provide a base for all these services, which means that raising funds to ensure the property remains in good condition is a pre-requisite for supporting people in need.



Notes to editors


UCKG is a Christian church and registered charity that offers a range of practical support activities alongside spiritual support and comfort and welcomes all-comers. It reached the UK in 1995 and has gone from strength to strength, providing support and spreading the Christian faith. There are UCKG HelpCentre branches in England and Wales.

For further information please contact the UCKG HelpCentre Press Officer via e-mail on press@uckgnew.org or direct line 020 7686 6033.

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