Supermarket bucket collection raises £500

Clare Hyde and Gill McDonnell at the Tesco collection (s)
Clare Hyde and Gill McDonnell at the Tesco collection (s)

Generous people in Clitheroe are being urged to show their support for Christian Aid week, which runs from May 14th to 20th.

Generous people in Clitheroe are being urged to show their support for Christian Aid week, which runs from May 14th to 20th.

Christian Aid began in 1945 to help refugees and six decades ago charity fundraisers began house-to-house collections every May.

In 1965, members of all the local churches divided Clitheroe streets up between them to share this task. They successfully formed a committee and have organised many educational activities since then.

Sue Shepherd, fundraiser for the Ribble Valley Christian Aid Group, said: “House-to-house collections are probably the easiest way to raise money and with hundreds of volunteers knocking on doors for a couple of hours, it is valuable to witness the work the charity does to support the world’s poorest people.

“We send money to partners directly for projects in each country not through corrupt channels. It is important to visit caweek.org to see how successful this is. The Ribble Valley Christian Aid group raises around £12,000 each year. Recently, Tesco supermarket, Clitheroe, kindly offered Christian Aid the chance to hold a bucket collection and £500 was raised.”

Sue explained how crucial it is for people to dig deep into their pockets and pledge support: “Please support our work this month or make a regular donation to ensure the charity can plan its work around expected income.

“The charity has shrunk recently possibly because some people perceive it to be as corrupt as the stories heard about some government aid, some of which supports our work. I believe Chrisian Aid and the other 12 charities that make up the Disasters Emergency Committee and have very strict governance, financial and programme quality requirements, are pretty reliable.”

For more information visit dec.org.uk