The Very Revd Christopher Lewis, The Dean of Christ Church in Oxford has offered support to its counterpart in New Zealand and has launched an appeal for financial aid after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit the city on Tuesday.
Christchurch Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand, was founded by members of Christ Church, Oxford in the mid-19th Century. "We've kept up a really strong link both with the city, the cathedral and the university, so it's particularly horrifying to us because we know a lot of the people there," Dean Lewis said. "Our hearts are going out to the people. We can pray and we can send messages." New Zealander Chris Bruerton from Christchurch currently lives in Oxford and sings with the choir at Christ Church Cathedral. He said: "The hardest thing is not being able to do anything. "It's pretty tough because I just want to go back there and help out in some form."
Visitors to the Cathedral in Oxford have the opportunity to sign a condolences book in the ante chapel. Anyone wishing to make donations can place these in specially marked envelopes.
Alternatively, if you wish to contribute to the fund you can donate in the following ways:
By cheque: Please fill in the downloadable form at the bottom of this page and remember to sign the gift aid declaration. Please make cheques payable to Christ Church, Oxford (NZ appeal) and return with the form to the Development and Alumni Office, Christ Church, Oxford. OX1 1DP.
By credit card: Please fill in the downloadable form below, sign the gift aid declaration and send it to the address as above. Alternatively you can telephone Carolyn or Sandra on 01865 286325 to give your card details over the phone. However it would help the appeal to have your gift aid declaration too!
This Sunday's (27th February) Cathedral service collections will be designated for the support of the appeal.
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