Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Heron's Ghyll Parish's Desert Island Discs

Horsham's Castaways
On a cold Sunday afternoon early this year St John the Evangelist, Heron's Ghyll's parish hall was transformed by posters of tropical islands basking in golden sunshine, palms and even a sunshade under which our host, Michael McCarthy chatted to our six castaways.

We were treated to a wonderfully varied programme of music and amusing stories about the books and luxury items chosen by the castaways to take to their desert island and a delicious Ploughman’s lunch with cheese kindly donated by Waitrose.

The hall was full to capacity and £470 was raised to support the Casa Alianza refuge in Guatemala City which houses 56 young mothers and their children who are all victims of human trafficking. Our former Parish Chairman, and contributor to the A&B news, Michael Regan suggested the idea as he had so much enjoyed the previous Desert Island Discs which we organised in 2010. He agreed to be one of our castaways and thoroughly enjoyed the occasion. Sadly, Michael died on Maundy Thursday but we feel very privileged that he was able to participate one last time in our event and in the life of our Parish which he had so strongly supported throughout his life. 

If you would like to read about the life-changing work of Casa Alianza UK, please go to their website: www.casa-alianza.org.uk

(Story from Jean McCarthy, Parish Representative for Justice and Peace)

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