BRADFORD South MP Judith Cummins visited both Salvation Army Churches in her constituency to see their response to the Covid-19 crisis. 

The churches are putting their beliefs into action to help those hardest hit by the coronavirus.

She first met with Captain Claire Whybrow in Wibsey, who told Mrs Cummins that while she was sad to cancel activities at the Salvation Army building in the village, including closing The Lounge Café and cancelling Sunday worship, they have now focused on Covid-19 relief efforts and keeping people safe from the virus. 

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Captain Whybrow said this did not mean they would stop being a church, but the church would find new ways to operate, for instance by moving their ministry online and concentrating efforts on their foodbank which is open 9am to noon each day in the church.

She then met with Angelo Meneghello in Holmewood and saw how the team had converted their main worship space to safely pack and deliver dozens of food parcels and hundreds of packed lunches several times a week. 

Mrs Cummins said: “The Salvation Army have been playing a vital role in Bradford South since the start of the pandemic. 

"Their practical and emotional support to residents has, without a doubt, saved lives. 

"They are a fantastic example of how our faith and community groups have taken the lead on helping our communities cope during the pandemic.”

Captain Claire Whybrow said: “I am grateful to all those who have helped in the churches response to ensure we are directly reaching those hit the hardest by the coronavirus".

Angelo Meneghello, Salvation Army Territorial Envoy, added: “It's been busy, but we're building some great relationships. I’m grateful to my team of staff and volunteers who’ve been here full time since this started. Despite the hardship, we’ve seen some of the best in people. 

"One resident has been walking up and down her street every day to check on her neighbours. As a community, we’re getting through this by pulling together.”