Rev Andrew Whitehead, the vicar at St Agnes church in Cawston, recently completed a 24-hour silence to raise funds for the Sue Lambert Trust. The trust is the leading charity in Norfolk offering free therapeutic counselling and support services to survivors of sexual violence and abuse. The silence was particularly apt as Cawston Church is dedicated to St Agnes, the patron saint of those who have survived sexual violence. Rev Whitehead raised over £1,000 through sponsorships, which will be used to provide essential counselling for survivors of sexual violence in Norfolk. He completed his 24-hour silence on February 4 and 5 and donations can still be made through his ‘I’m going silent for the Sue Lambert Trust’ Just Giving page.
Rev Whitehead expressed his desire to see positive actions from the church in response to the story of St Agnes and found the sponsored silence campaign by the Sue Lambert Trust as an opportunity to contribute. He has been amazed by people’s generosity and the total amount raised so far is well above £1,000. The photo of Rev Whitehead was provided by Rebecca Whitehead and the story was based on an article in the North Norfolk News. If anyone has a news story or forthcoming event relating to Christians or a church in North Norfolk, they can email the details to [email protected], along with a suitable picture if possible.
The fundraising event was especially significant as it took place during Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week, which was observed from 5 to 11 February. This provided an opportunity to raise awareness and support for survivors of sexual violence and abuse. Rev Whitehead’s decision to remain silent for 24 hours and raise funds for the Sue Lambert Trust is a commendable gesture that highlights the importance of providing therapeutic counseling and support services for survivors. The generosity of the community in contributing to the cause reflects the empathy and commitment to supporting those who have experienced sexual violence in Norfolk.