Welcome to The Jacob's Well Appeal Website
This site was set-up to show people what our charity does and how it is done.
How We Started
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In 1982, during a harsh period of martial law in Poland, the hospitals were in great need. Jacob’s Well Appeal was set up in response. Medicines and equipment were bought and begged and sent, initially to Lodz, and gradually all over Poland. To help raise money for this Jacob’s Well started to sell donated clothing in the existing Christian Bookshop in the old market town of Beverley in East Yorkshire. In 1984 Jacob’s Well Polish Appeal was registered with the Charity Commissioners.
Later a second charity shop was opened in a socially deprived area of Hull called Orchard Park but this shop was closed in the summer of 2008 following a period of excessive vandalism. Volunteers of all denominations come to help in the shop, sorting medicines and in the warehouse. In 2002 our constitution was widened in order to allow us to further develop our support of medical research and education. In the past supplies have been sent to the Soviet Union, Albania, Croatia, Kosovo, Lebanon, Uganda and India. However we are still currently active in Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Poland, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Ghana. We are planning to assist in Burkina Faso, just north of our work in Ghana, in the future.
Fancy volunteering to work in Romania with us?
A view of the new extension at the
Siret Rehabilitation Unit
Our work in Siret in the north of Romania with handicapped young people began at the end of the Communist era with the fall of Ceausescu. It was initially based in a “Neuropsychiatric” Hospital. This hospital was closed in 2001 when the children were mostly transferred to smaller units with better facilities in the counties where they were born. However there was no provision for the young adults over 18.
In 1995 Jacob’s Well decided that there was a need for a Rehabilitation Unit to work with some of the children to equip them towards an independent life in the community. Land was bought and a building erected. The first young people came in December 1999 - 8 boys followed shortly after by 4 girls.
Jacob's Well shop in Beverley
A container lorry leaving our warehouse in Beverley