Belfast Telegraph

Friday 1 August 2014

Donate winnings to church - Welby

The Rt Rev Justin Welby the Bishop of Durham at Sunderland Minster in Sunderland to launch 'One for the basket'

The next Archbishop of Canterbury has said anyone who made money by betting on his appointment should make a donation to the church.

Following Friday's announcement of his new role, the Rt Rev Justin Welby, Bishop of Durham, returned to his day job this morning to help at the launch of a food parcel initiative at Sunderland Minster.

He said the existence of food collection and distribution schemes in the UK worried and concerned him, and suggested that any money made by gambling should be donated to such projects.

The Rt Rev Welby tweeted earlier this morning: "Thought in the night, those who made money betting on me give it to their local church!"

Speaking in Sunderland, he added: "It's a very strange feeling when you find yourself having odds quoted on you at a bookie. Generally speaking I am not a horse, I think that's a really important point to get across.

"I just thought if people have made money out of this, I think the church should benefit, so give it to your local church."

The Rt Rev Welby said he would not have backed himself for the job, but was not anti-gambling.

A large number of church members, volunteers and media packed into Sunderland Minster for the launch of the One for the Basket food parcel initiative, which asks people to donate food from their routine shop - such as the extra items from "buy one, get one free" and "three for two" offers - to be given to families in need.

Addressing the crowd as he helped volunteers pack the food into bags, the Rt Rev Welby joked: "I can't imagine why there are so many people here."

He added: "One for the Basket was opened on Wednesday. It represents the best of what we do. This is not normally supposed to be such a high-profile event, it's just the church getting on with what it does."

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