Beautiful Lancaster gardens to host Christian aid event

Gresgarth Hall.
Gresgarth Hall.

One of Lancaster’s most beautiful gardens will host a day to help Christians in Syria and Iraq.

The Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Open Day will be held at Gresgarth Hall at Caton, home of award-winning garden designer Lady Arabella Lennox-Boyd, this Sunday (September 17).

There will be information about ACN’s work in Syria and Iraq and visitors will have the chance to send messages of support to Christians living in war-torn Syria as well as those planning to return to their homes on the Nineveh Plains in Iraq.

In 2016 ACN provided over £2.3m in support and emergency aid to the Middle East.

Working in conjunction with Syrian clergy and religious sisters, ACN contributes to projects all over Syria that support thousands of families and individuals, and currently acts as the leading charity in the Nineveh Reconstruction Committee formed jointly by three of Iraq’s largest Churches to help resettle Christians forced to flee the area in the wake of Daesh (ISIS).

The Garden Open Day will be staffed by volunteers from the parishes of Christ the King (Milnthorpe and Arnside) and Lancaster Cathedral.

Refreshments will be available to buy, along with ACN trading items including needlework and jewellery made by Syrian Christians from Aleppo.

The open day runs from 11am to 5pm.

Admission is free but all proceeds raised through entrance donations will be used to provide emergency relief for Christian families in Syria and Iraq.