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Christian Aid Week Will Again Look Different This Year

Published: 3rd May 2021 10:03

Neston and District Christian Aid committee are looking forward to Christian Aid Week 10-16 May, which will again be different this year.

Christian Aid WeekThe photographs show some of the walkers on a sponsored walk before lockdown. Local churches will encourage members and others to donate throughout a calendar of events spanning 10-16 May.

Volunteers will not collect door-to-door again this year, prioritising safety for all as we progress through the COVID pandemic. This year the focus for the week is on the twin threats of COVID and Climate Change.

In Kenya, years of drought were followed in 2020 by torrential rain. Christian Aid partners are helping people build dams, so women and children are spared long and hazardous walks to collect water.

On Saturday 8 May, Parkgate & Neston United Reformed Church will have a special Gift Day, from 10am to 12pm. You can donate on the day, by cash or cheque.

On Sunday 9 May, there will be a special national service to celebrate 75 years of Christian Aid at 7pm. All are welcome to attend the service by clicking here.

On Saturday 15 May, volunteers will hold a bucket collection at Gordale Garden Centre, from 10am to 6pm. This year, for people who aren't carrying cash, there will be a contactless device called TapSimple. The volunteers will be just outside the entrance and exit.

On Sunday 16 May, St Winefride's Church, Little Neston, is hosting the Neston & District Christian Aid Service online. Deacon Jim Kay will lead the service, with local organisers Lynne Vaughan, Janey Griffiths and Margaret Heibel assisting. We are delighted that Christian Aid's Church Engagement and Fundraising Officer for Cheshire and Staffordshire, Christel Langdon-Griffiths, will give the sermon. She is a brilliant speaker, with lots of experience of encouraging us to help people in desperate need. The service will be streamed on Zoom at 6.30pm, but will not be recorded, so we have to watch it live.

Lynne Vaughan said: "Christian Aid is supporting those communities on the front line of climate change, who also lack the resources to tackle the pandemic. Please help us to fight the injustice of poverty by donating what you can during Christian Aid week."

If you would like to make a donation to support Christian Aid's work, you can do so by clicking here or search online for Neston Christian Aid.

Looking ahead, the traditional sponsored walk will be held later in the year, probably on Saturday 25 September.

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Rob Ward
At 15:12 on 11th May 2021, Rob Ward commented:
Thank you to the many people who have already donated generously via the TapSimple link. Some of us have saved money during the pandemic (coffees, pub meals, holidays...) and it is nice to give something to make a huge difference to other people.
At 12:18 on 12th May 2021, AnnC commented:
URC total from Sat 8th is currently £1020 ! What a tremendous result. Thanks to all who made it possible.
Rob Ward
At 08:12 on 14th May 2021, Rob Ward commented:
Congratulations! It poured with rain on Saturday May 8th, but the people of Parkgate and Neston URC are hardy souls! Meanwhile the TapSimple link has already received over £500 from generous people.
If you visit Gordale tomorrow (Saturday May 15th), you will see volunteers with the TapSimple device. You can donate 'simply' with your contactless card, or if you don't have one, there will be a bucket for cash! Either way it goes to a very good cause.

You need to log in before you can do that! It's only a quick registration process to join the AMA network and completely free.

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