Christian Aid Week took place this year between May 15 and 21 involving the Anglican churches of St Mary’s, St Leonard’s, Holy Trinity, St Mark’s, St John’s BBH, together with St Andrew’s and London Road Methodist Churches, the United Reformed Church, the Society of Friends, All Saints C of E Primary School, who are in their ninth year, and for the first time Brighton Road Baptist Church.
More than 2,000 Christian Aid envelopes were delivered by over 25 collectors to 27 streets in Horsham.
For the second year a collection was made in Swan Walk shopping centre whose team made us most welcome.
It was our third year at Horsham railway station where we managed to collect on two days in spite of the strike. Again, the Southern Railway team at Horsham station made us most welcome.
Christian Aid has introduced a new initiative entitled the Big Brekkie as an alternative to house to house collections.
The gauntlet having been thrown down it was ably picked up with two successful events run individually by Brighton Road Baptist Church and St John’s, Broadbridge Heath.
The total from the combination of house to house collections and special events, ie coffee mornings, cake stalls, church collection and a quiz was £4,469.94.
This total should increase as the gift aid element has yet to be added, although was a decrease on last year’s £6,020.09.
The money given by the kind people of the town was wonderful considering the economic climate.
On behalf of Christian Aid I would like to thank all who took part in this year’s Christian Aid Week.
A lot of work goes into delivering and collecting the envelopes, with those involved giving freely of their time.
After 15 years this will be my last year as area co-ordinator.
I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the different church co-ordinators and would like to thank them for their support over the years.
Sadly a number of these staunch supporters are no longer with us, Margaret Witheyman having passed away earlier this year.
I would like to thank in particular the following:
Barbara Lunn and Valerie Cummings of London Road Methodist Church
Linda Emery, Gordon Humphreys and Alison Carre of St Mary’s Church
Daphne Barraclough of St Andrew’s Methodist Church
Angela Rodgers and Sarah Lilley of Holy Trinity Church
Michael Watts, Liz and Brian New and Paddy Beresford of St John’s, BBH
Betty Fletcher, Sheila Rudofsky and Ian Fletcher of the United Reformed Church
Pam Brakes, Alex Bone, Lyndon Price and Richard Coldicott of St Mark’s Church
Mrs Sikora, Sheila Clifford and Geoff D’ Cruze of St leonard’s Church
Father Tom and Margaret Witheyman of St John the Evangelist RC Church
Martin and Ruth Chick and Neil Hall of the Society of Friends
Mrs Susan Costa of All Saints School
Father Tom, John Kydd and Ron Aldridge, Horsham Churches Together treasurer
Should any of your readers or indeed other churches in Horsham wish to become involved with Christian Aid Week, I would be glad to hear from them and can be contacted at the address below.
Horsham Christian Aid co-ordinator, Midsummer House, 5 Avebury Close, Horsham RH12 5XL
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