A CHURCH and charity has received a generous donation to contribute to its coronavirus response.

The Salvation Army Oldham Fitton Hill received the generous donation in cheque form to its church and community centre in Fir Tree Lane Precinct to support the local community during the ongoing pandemic.

The international church and charitable organisation chose to spend part of the funds on creating Easter celebration packs for Oldham children, spreading hope to all.

In total, 220 Easter celebration packs were produced for the local community which included an Easter egg, craft activity pack and essential food supplies for all the family.

Major Estelle Blake, leader of The Salvation Army Oldham Fitton Hill, said: “Some of the children may not understand or even know what is going on in the outside world but it’s important to remember that their worlds have also been turned upside down and they too have had to adapt to a new way of living.

“This donation has enabled us to provide essential food items and fun activities to support local children and their families to let them know that they are not forgotten and that these times will get brighter once again.”

The Salvation Army Oldham Fitton Hill is one of five of the charity’s sites in the area which also include Oldham Citadel, Oldham Roundthorn, Shaw and Failsworth. The Easter celebration packs were distributed during holy week which takes place from Palm Sunday to the day before Easter Sunday.

The Salvation Army is an international Christian church and registered charity which has been transforming lives for more than 150 years. Working in 131 countries worldwide, it offers friendship, practical help and support for people at all levels of need. In the UK and Republic of Ireland this work includes more than 750 community churches and social centres.

For more information visit the website www.salvationarmy.org.uk