Today marks the start of Christian Aid Week, the national week raising money for the worldwide work of Christian Aid.
Last year more than £8million was donated to fight poverty and help poor communities around the world.
The focus this year is on helping communities in Sierra Leone where a lack of healthcare means it is the world’s most dangerous place to give birth – 10 women die every day while going through this natural experience.
While many are familiar with the doorstep collections there are other ways to help too. One of Christian Aid Week’s key initiatives is the Big Brekkie – whether in your home, office or church host a big breakfast as more than 2,500 people did last year.
A free fundraising pack is available, just sign up online at www.christianaid.org.uk
Christian Aid has more than 70 year’s experience of working to support communities, helping men, women and children in poverty and at times of disaster.
Local volunteer house-to-house collectors will be delivering envelopes around the country but if your street is not covered consider making a donation at www.caweek.org.
Various events are being held to help raise funds as well such as the service and tea at Holy Trinity Church in Charlton today (Sunday 12th May), from 5.15pm and a garden and conservatory cream tea the following Sunday (19th) in Church Street, Appleford – just follow the signs in the village. There’ll be a plant stall, music and home made teas to enjoy from 3pm to 5.30pm for just £4, with all proceeds going to Christian Aid.
Christian Aid Week runs from 12th to 18th May.