The Helping-Hand Appeal was the inspiration of Colonel Olive Booth during the Second World War. Soon afterwards a regular pattern developed in the worldwide Home League of donating money to a variety of Salvation Army projects, particularly those overseas.
This money, in the United Kingdom Territory, is raised in many different ways and is channelled from Adult and Family Ministries groups to Territorial Headquarters, via International Development UK.
On 15 November 1999, at the first meeting of the Adult and Family Ministries Advisory Council, it was decided that all Adult and Family Ministries groups should be given the option to support the Helping-Hand project. This commenced with the 2001 Appeal ‘Living Water’ and has, since that time, raised in excess of £2.5 million.
The whole concept and ethos of the Helping-Hand Appeal is to look beyond our own boundaries and home needs to those less fortunate than ourselves and to assist in raising funds for significant projects overseas. These projects are mainly in respect of rebuilding, rehabilitation and the supply of essential equipment; often funds are required to meet the most basic of needs.