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Bishop of Shrewsbury Dr Alan Smith
Bishop of Shrewsbury Dr Alan Smith

Bishop's Lent video diary

The Bishop of Shrewsbury Rt Revd Dr Alan Smith is keeping a video diary for BBC Shropshire TV as he attempts to live on the national minimum wage for Lent.


Traditionally Lent has been a time to fast. Officially starting on Ash Wednesday and finishing at Easter, Lent represents the 40 days Christ spent in the desert. More recently people, including many non-religious, have used Lent as a time to give up any number of vices, from smoking to alcohol, chocolate and more.

This year the Anglican Bishop of Shrewsbury, Rt Revd Dr Alan Smith has chosen to live on the minimum wage £5.05 per hour for the period of Lent. Dr Alan Smith will be joined in the challenge by his colleagues, the Bishops of Stafford and Wolverhampton.

Dr Alan Smith has been keeping a video diary of his Lent challenge for BBC Shropshire TV. Since starting the challenge he's also heard from many people who are having to live on less than the minimum wage.

The three Bishops of Shrewsbury, Stafford and Wolverhampton each receive an annual stipend of £27,990 as well as having housing costs paid. The good news is that their usual earnings, above the minimum wage level will go to the Bishop of Lichfield's Lent Appeal.

You can get in touch with BBC Shropshire TV's Faith Producer Andrew Horton on 07921 648549 or email andrew.horton@bbc.co.uk.

last updated: 05/04/06
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