Churches ready for fundraiser

Launching this years Christian Aid week at Westborough Methodist Church are,from left,David Bridge,Father Allan Campbell-Wilson,Debbie Campbell-Wilson and Derek Sedman.'Picture by Neil Silk  121808
Launching this years Christian Aid week at Westborough Methodist Church are,from left,David Bridge,Father Allan Campbell-Wilson,Debbie Campbell-Wilson and Derek Sedman.'Picture by Neil Silk 121808

SCARBOROUGH churches are gearing up for a major Christian Aid fundraiser.

The town’s 30 churches have once again arranged a plethora of events for Christian Aid Week to boost the charity throughout May.

The giant fundraiser last year raised £13,760 for the charity, with organisers hoping to smash that total in a week of festivities.

Christian Aid Week runs from Sunday May 13, until Saturday May 19.

David Bridge, Honorary Secretary of Scarborough Christian Aid Committee, said: “Christian Aid Week tells the story of a community in Sierra Leone in the town Gbap, which has seen remarkable changes.

“Children now have two meals to eat each day, whereas before it was just one meal and no proper school to go to.

“It also now has a food processing factory meaning the villagers can get good prices for their produce.”

Mr Bridge said there would be house to house collections during the week to help boost funds, organised by Fr Allan Campbell-Wilson and wife Debbie.

Mr Bridge added: “They have held collections in Cayton and Eastfield for the past 13 years during which time they have raised – with a willing band of helpers – the magnificent sum of £9,500.

“Fr Allan is due to retire from priesthood this summer and he and Debbie will be relinquishing their house to house endeavours.

“The funds raised under their leadership have enabled partnerships including one where in 28 Egyptian women were able to take part in a literacy course learning basic reading, writing and arithmetic.

“The funds raised would also pay for a six month course for teacher training in southern Sudan.”