Your location is set to Dartford
Published: 13:00, 20 May 2014 |
Updated: 13:14, 20 May 2014
A minister has apologised after a ‘blacked up’ dummy was used to promote Christian Aid week.
The model was placed in a window display at the Maidstone United Reformed Church, in Week Street, but was taken down after people waking past complained.
Onlookers say they saw a lady paint the white tailor’s dummy, which was holding a black baby doll, with a brown varnish to make it look "African".
Onlooker Charlotte Jacks, from Goudhurst, was offended by the artwork.
The 28-year-old, who has a four-and-a-half-year-old daughter of mixed race, said: “Why would anyone do that? It’s so bad it’s almost a joke. I hope they take it down immediately.”
The entrance to the church is down an alley and the display is in what was once a shop at the mouth of the alley, but is now part of the church.
The Reverend Andrew Royal, the minister of Maidstone United Reformed Church, was forced to apologise and said there was no “intention to cause offence”.
He added: “I would like to apologise on behalf of Maidstone United Reformed Church for any offence caused by the church window display that was put up for Christian Aid week.
“I would like to apologise on behalf of Maidstone United Reformed Church for any offence caused by the church window display" - Rev Andrew Royal
“It was not our intention to cause offence - and we have removed the mannequin from the church window. I am extremely sorry for any hurt that was caused.”
The dummy has now been removed.
Christian Aid week is an annual event run by a several churches nationwide, which helps raise funds for less-fortunate people across the world.
Last year, 20,000 churches raised £12million for the cause.
The charity has declined to comment.
Every morning at 10am we play you an hour of tunes from the 90s. We call it, #WeLoveThe90s.
Play 'Say It' with Garry and Laura on kmfm Breakfast and you could win £1,000!
Wake up to kmfm Breakfast with Garry and Laura - it's Kent's alarm call.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
This is a brand new online resource covering every aspect of owning and improving a home in Kent and Medway.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating! PLUS, register for free!.
Neil Miller, Hever Castle head gardener is new gardening blogger.
Buy pictures that you've seen in a KM newspaper, or send in a picture and we will place it on our photo sales website so that you can purchase a super, unique gift.