The Bishop’s Lent Appeal

The Bishop's Lent Appeal 2023 will help to raise money for the new Priscilla Bacon Lodge hospice building, which will increase capacity for end of life specialist care in Norfolk and Waveney. Funds received will be in memory of The Venerable Ian Bentley.

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The current lodge was built in 1979 and was donated to the NHS after the facility was built. Since then, several factors have led to a chronic lack of specialist palliative care beds within Norfolk and Waveney.

The new Priscilla Bacon Lodge is being built on an 8 acre site next to the Norfolk and Norwich hospital. It will have capacity for 24 beds, providing specialist end of life care in Norfolk and Waveney, supporting those with the greatest and most acute needs.

Ian Bentley, the former Archdeacon of Lynn, was diagnosed with cancer and died on 31 May 2022 having been cared for in his final days by staff at the current Priscilla Bacon Lodge in Norwich.

Bishop Graham says;

“Many of you knew Ian, who served the Diocese of Norwich with such distinction, ministering in its many parishes, including Oulton Broad, St Peter Mancroft and as Archdeacon of Lynn. He also served on the Chapter of Norwich Cathedral. Ian was a faithful minister of the gospel and when he died, many of us lost a friend too. If you are able to, I encourage you to consider donating to support the great work of the Priscilla Bacon Hospice Charity as they work to complete the new hospice building, during your preparations for Lent.”

Archdeacon Steven says;

“Ian Bentley’s ministry touched many people throughout the Diocese and next year’s Lent Appeal is an opportunity to support the hospice in which Ian spent his last days, with his family around him. Priscilla Bacon Lodge provides Specialist hospice care for Norfolk and Waveney, right across the area of Ian’s ministry, and the new larger building will enable many more to be helped and supported at a very difficult and challenging time. “

The new facility will also have a wellbeing centre, office space, education rooms, a chapel, and secluded gardens.

Please do watch the video, led by the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham Usher which also includes an interview with Revd Helen Garrard, the hospice chaplain at Priscilla Bacon Lodge.



How to give

Your church may have a Lent Appeal collection jam jar or Gift Aid envelopes in which donations can be placed.

Alternatively, you can give:

  1. Online – visit our Donate Page and select the Bishop’s Lent Appeal from the dropdown menu.
  2. By Cheque – Cheques should be made payable to NDBF Ltd, marked clearly on the back of the cheque ‘Lent Appeal 2023. Please send the cheque together with a completed Gift Aid declaration (if applicable), to: Lent Appeal 2023, Diocesan House, 109 Dereham Road, Easton NR9 5ES

Fundraising Ideas

Below we’ve listed 10 fundraising ideas to help you plan events for the Lent Appeal. Don’t forget to download posters and jam jar stickers too!

  1. Pancake Party

Invite your friends, family, neighbours and church members to come along and join in the fun. A small donation can be made on the door which entitles guests to two pancakes with fillings of their choice. Set up a pancake bar with a selection of toppings such as; lemons, sugar, honey, banana, chocolate buttons, sprinkles pretty much whatever your imagination tells you! If you’re feeling energetic after all those pancakes you could even have a pancake race. We’d love to see your pictures! Tag us on social media using @diocesenorwich on Twitter and @dioceseofnorwich on Instagram.

  1. Lent lunches

Why not hold a week of Lent lunches? This is a great chance to get your community together and support the Lent Appeal Project.

  1. Sponsored Prayer walking

Start a prayer walking group around your village or town. Pray for those dealing with long term illness or a terminal diagnosis, their families and those who care for them. We would always recommend walking in pairs, especially at night.

  1. Tech free time

An idea for teenagers – why not give up social media or screen time and get sponsored for it. Give up all technology (or selected technology) for however long you think you can cope.

  1. Auction of Promises

Ask members of your church and community if they will promise to wash cars, do some gardening, mow lawns or do DIY and auction off the promises to the highest bidder.

  1. Friday Fish & Chips evening

Traditionally during Lent, Christians did not eat meat on Fridays. So why not hold a Fish & Chips evening and invite your community.

  1. Barn dance / Celeidh

Always a popular evening! Hire a music group to organise the dancing or alternatively try being the caller yourself.

  1. Cake sale

Baking is a great activity for all ages and can really bring people together. If your church hall has the facilities, why not bake something during Sunday school with the children and sell it at tea and coffee time? Alternatively, hold a coffee morning and ask people to donate cakes and treats.

  1. Football Match (running or walking)

Ask a local team to play a match against your church team or play your youth group against the senior members of your church. Ask each player to pay a fee to play and sell tickets to the game. Organise a raffle at half time and ask for prizes to be donated by local businesses.

  1. Quiz night

Speak to your local pub / restaurant / community space and see if they will partner with you to hold a one-off Quiz Night or if they will use their regular Quiz Night to raise money for the Lent Appeal. A great way to get the local community involved and aware of the Appeal! Or hold a Quiz night in your church or church / community hall.