The Barber Biber Appeal
This appeal was launched upon His Grace's blog on Tuesday, when readers began emailing and tweeting His Grace wanting somehow to assist Mr Aaron Biber, the 89-year-old barber in Haringey whose shop was ransacked and looted by a gang of mindless thugs. Mr Biber was not insured: the looters not only took his haircutting equipment, but even the kettle he used to make tea. After 41 years of cutting hair in the community, he is facing ruin.
His Grace is delighted to inform his readers and communicants that we have certainly raised enough to buy Mr Biber a new kettle. In fact, the kettle could be gold-plated, for you have stepped up magnificently and contributed (as at 1.00pm) the princely sum of £2,142. Some have donated a pound or two; others £100 (and one £500). The amount is of no matter (Lk 21:1-4): the important thing is that we are helping someone in need (Mt 25: 31-40).
His Grace has received a number of critical emails pointing out that there are others who are far more affected and far worse off. To those who have written such, His Grace says you are welcome to begin your own appeals or, like Fr Simon Morris, physically present yourselves and do something other than criticise and sneer. The appeal for Barber Biber remains open (at His Grace's Collection Plate, top right beneath the Twitter feed), and when the flow of money ceases, it will be handed to Mr Biber on behalf of the readers and communicants of this blog in the hope that his few remaining years may be spent serving his community in the humble and faithful way he has done so since 1970.