Christian Aid groups in the Calder Valley are ready to take part in Christian Aid Week from next weekend.
Christian Aid is 70 years old this year, and came about a result of some of the horrors of the Second World War. It helped the people recovering from the destruction of the war, expanded in supporting the developing world and has developed into a very effective organisation, says Mark Johnston, chair of Todmorden Christian Aid.
Mark said that 87p in each £1 raised goes directly to the people who need it. “They work directly with people in need on the ground, using local partners and really change people’s lives, in little ways at forts that bring big changes to lives of the poorest people in our world.
“In the week beginning May 10, you might well all get an envelope in your church pew or through the door. Fill it it up and bring it to the Crumbly Cheese stall, our stall on Todmorden Market on Thursday, May 14, or Morrisons on Saturday, May 16.
“It will save people’s lives. “It might means someone will not risk their lives to come to Europe, it might means a family’s new baby won’t die, it might mean a village gets a well or irrigation, it might empower women to take control of their lives.
“Todmorden’s local group of volunteers which is supported by all the local churches has raised thousands of pounds over the years, last year sending nearly £5000 to Christian Aid nationally, and we want to thank the people of Tod for their generosity.”
Carole Denneny, Christian Aid representative from St james’s Parish Church, Hebden Bridge, also stressed that donations people gave would help people in the greatest need.
Carole said the annual house-to-house collection begins on May 10, starting with a Commissioning Service at Hope Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge, at 10.30am, which people were welcome to attend.
“Last year Hebden Royd Christian Aid volunteers raised more than £3.500 by way of the annual collection and other events and we are immensely grateful to all those who donate so willingly and generously,” she said.
“Christian Aid continues to work in partnership with all kinds of local groups to serve the poorest of the poor regardless of religion, race or gender.”
Carole asked if people could please return their envelopes to the Christian Aid collector, and Gift Aid if possible, or drop the envelope into their nearest church or at Duranczyk Jewellers in Hope Street, Hebden Bridge.