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Members of the Scarborough branch of Christian Aid, Derek Sedman, left, treasurer, David Bridge, secretary, retiring members Norman Bogie and Mairie Berry, and Rev Mark Haynes, the chairman. Picture by Andrew Higgins   sn123322    17/08/12

Members of the Scarborough branch of Christian Aid, Derek Sedman, left, treasurer, David Bridge, secretary, retiring members Norman Bogie and Mairie Berry, and Rev Mark Haynes, the chairman. Picture by Andrew Higgins sn123322 17/08/12

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Three members of Scarborough Christian Aid committee - who have between them served upwards of 100 years - have now retired.

At a recent branch meeting, thanks were given to Norman Bogie of St Laurence’s Anglican Church, Mairie Berry of St Peter’s and St Edward’s Catholic Churches and Rev John Dimmock of Burniston Methodist Church (not pictured).

The committee expressed their appreciation of the retirees’ sterling work and many years of service with the committee.

Since its formation in 1960 the committee has raised £920,000 for Christian Aid’s work in the world’s poorest countries.

The committee is made up of representatives of 30 churches in Scarborough and the surrounding villages.

It was also announced at the recent meeting that during the year ended June 30, the committee had raised £26,096.32 for Christian Aid’s long-term development projects and emergencies.

Christian Aid are presently responding to the West Africa food crisis by delivering emergency assistance in the Sahel region of West Africa, as more than 19 million people are in the midst of a food crisis.

Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso are among the worst affected countries; in many areas communities are restricting themselves to one meal a day and food is running out.

A million children are at risk of severe malnutrition which permanently harms their development. Christian Aid’s response has involved sending funds to finance an early intervention programme in those countries where they have long-term partners.

Donations will help provide food and treat malnourished children, as well as contributing to communities’ long-term resilience to drought.

• Succeeding Norman Bogie as St Laurence’s representative is Chris Wright, who took part in the Great North Run on Sunday. To donate go to www.justgiving/Chris-Wright56.com or send a cheque to Derek Sedman c/o St Mark’s Church, Newby, payable to Christian Aid.