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Bishop Thomas McMahon visits homeless people in Canning Town

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Bishop Thomas McMahon visits homeless people in Canning Town

14th January 2013

Every year Bishop Thomas McMahon, of the Brentwood Diocese, pays a pastoral visit to Anchor House and the Friars of the renewal who both operate services for homeless and disadvantaged people in Canning Town.

At Anchor House, Bishop Thomas met a cross section of staff and residents as he held in depth conversations about the needs of homeless people. Particular emphasis was placed on meeting the challenges posed by the austerity agenda and the changes in the benefits system.

Keith Fernett, Director of Anchor House, commented “In these challenging times, when those in need are often characterised as scroungers and giving to charities is decreasing as demands are becoming overwhelming, it is of great strength to Anchor House and the friars of the Renewal that Bishop Thomas wholeheartedly supports our Ministry in times of difficulty.”

Anchor House is in the middle of its Home and Hope Appeal to provide a further 25 bed spaces for homeless people, as well as additional training and catering facilities.

Please click here for further information on the Appeal or to give a donation.

Visitors are always welcome at Anchor House to see the services that are provided. To arrange please ring 0207 476 6062 or email


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