When members of Hebden Royd Christian Aid committee met at Hebden Bridge Methodist Church recently they were delighted hear that that an amazing £2334.08 had been raised through house to house collections and a “Pampered Chef” fundraising event during Christian Aid Week 2014.
This is nearly £1000 more than last year, prompting chairman David Powell to say: “I am gratified by the generosity shown this year.”
He also added: “It is fantastic to find that local people understand the extreme poverty in other parts of the world - and are prepared to make a contribution to alleviate this despite difficult times closer to home.
“I’d like to thank all those who helped or contributed during Christian Aid Week.”
All money collected goes straight to Christian Aid to use for development projects in poorer countries, providing essentials such as mosquito nets or seeds and agricultural equipment to support struggling farmers.
Christian Aid also provide emergency assistance where there is great need.
For example, its partners were working to distribute aid 30 minutes after the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami struck.
It is an agency of the churches in Britain and Ireland that works around the world with those in need. Its aim is an end to poverty across the world.
In Hebden Royd, any outstanding envelopes or donations can be handed in at Duranczyk’s jewellers Hebden Bridge or Brooks in Mytholmroyd.
The group have a range of other events planned throughout the year and treasurer, Richard Pierson is running the Great North Run in September for the charity.
He can be sponsored via his Just Giving page, which can be found at www.justgiving.com/RichardPierson2014