Human rights body gets bells ringing out against poverty

Bells will sound out across the UK this Thursday as part of the ATD Fourth World campaign.

The human rights organisation is running the event in recognition of the United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

The bells of all denomination churches including Canterbury Cathedral will be "ringing out against poverty

to raise awareness of the plight of 13.7 million British people living in poverty and 1.2 billion people living on less than $1 a day world-wide.

ATD Fourth World is calling for the Government to recognise the day, which the charity believes goes largely unnoticed despite the European Parliament resolution last year calling on the whole EU to formally recognise 17 October as European Day to Overcome Extreme Poverty.

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