Christian Aid

 

 BIG BREKKIE AND  CHRISTIAN AID WEEK: 14 - 20 MAY 2017

This year The Church of the Good Shepherd  raised over £2000 during Christian Aid Week . This was as a result of door to door envelope collections and a new event,  The Big Brekkie at COGS on Saturday May 13th .

It is 60 years since Christian aid was set up to support the work Churches were doing with refugees in the aftermath of the Second World War and this year the main focus of the week was again on refugees. 

The Big Brekkie was a brilliant community  event with over 140 breakfasts being cooked and served by volunteers from The Church of the Good Shepherd and also from the community. Dino Spurling, from the Co-Op in Ham Road,  not only provided much of the food for us but also waited at table alongside another of his employees. Tesco & M&S also donated food for us to prepare.

Tim Loughton arrived to support the event  and immediately entered into the spirit  by helping to lay up the tables before grabbing a bacon roll and moving on to the Shoreham Market for his surgery.

While we tucked into a good breakfast we were helping to support refugees who need food , shelter and legal support to rebuild their lives. Our efforts raised over £740  that morning ( this included Gift Aid)

This event set Christian Aid Week off to an encouraging start making many of our neighbours on Shoreham beach more aware of the red envelope deliveries which were about to begin.

Despite the heavy rain of the Wednesday and Thursday, our stalwart collectors saw their efforts rewarded with our community being very generous and a total of £1497.98 being raised. ( with gift aid  this amount is raised to £1692)

We raised a total of over £2000 this year thanks to the remarkable catering team on the Saturday and the volunteers who helped to deliver / collect envelopes. Many thanks to them and also to those who supported the week in other ways - donations, counting money, prayer, encouragement, etc.

Many thanks to everyone who was involved in any way but especially to our Shoreham Beach community for their generosity and support. We hope to see you at the Big Brekkie 2018 !!

If you have any feedback from the events of this year's Christian Aid Week, please contact:

Jill Charlish       jillcharlish@hotmail.com       [ 07796 932420 ]