The Dean of Belfast, the Very Rev John Mann, said the 2013 Black Santa Appeal had met with ‘a wonderful response.’
Dean Mann said the annual collection, taken during the sitout on the steps of St Anne’s Cathedral which this year ran from December 16 until Christmas Eve, should not be far short of £200,000 when all funds are counted.
This year, in response to the devastation cause by Typhoon Haiyan, a separate collection was taken during the sitout for the people of the Philippines.
The figures show that to date the appeal has:
£142,000 in the bank
£3,000 charity cheques to be cleared
£2,000 coin still to be banked
£23,600 given for Philippines relief (most of which has already been sent either through Oxfam or the Church of Ireland Bishops’ Appeal)
Likely amount due to be added because of gift aid £14,000
Belfast’s Black Santa attracted international media attention this year, appearing in an article in the Los Angeles Times on Christmas Eve!