The CHAIN OF HOPE is on display in the Cathedral during the season of Easter. The CHAIN reminds us that no matter how hopeless life may seem, Easter brings to each of us a message of Hope. Jesus Christ has risen and he is present today with you and me.
The CHAIN OF HOPE has been created by volunteers working for the UK charity SHARE and sponsored by supporters. For the past twenty-seven years with help from members of Coventry Cathedral congregation SHARE has carried Hope to disadvantaged children in Transylvania – one of the poorest regions of Europe.
Newly qualified Therapists in Speech & Language and in Occupational Therapy travel 1500 miles as volunteers from the UK to employ their specialist skills which are not readily available in Romania.
Their help gives Hope to children suffering from a variety of disabilities. By teaching independence skills to the children, they prepare them for adulthood. Each Summer (virus permitting) SHARE volunteers help the disabled children living in SPERANTA children’s centre in Sibiu, Transylvania. “Speranta” means “Hope” in the Romanian language.
In 2019 the charity found a Romanian village house to accommodate three of the Speranta children as they reached adulthood. Moving home into the village house avoided a permanent move to an adult institution.
SHARE volunteers supported Bianca, Ales and Onu through their childhoods at the children’s centre. Their move to a village home was made possible with the additional support of LOVE, LIGHT, ROMANIA, another UK charity.
The three young people need continuing support from carers, and SHARE must raise £2,500 per month to cover the care costs and living costs.
The lives of all three young people have been transformed. Bianca recently said, “I like that I can get to cook, clean sew and draw and have a family life. This is the best thing that ever happened to me. I am normal now.”
The two boys Alex and Onu are both autistic. They are growing in confidence. They help with jobs around the house and garden – they too are leading a normal life.
Hope of a normal life has been restored to them all.