Old and young raise money for Christian Aid

Helping in the fund-raising efforts at a coffee morning in aid of Christian Aid at St. Michael's Church, Newbottle on Saturday are l-r Lauren Sharp (6), Grace Calvert (9), Matthew Sharp (10), Josepg Barron (8) and Claudia Calvert (8).
Helping in the fund-raising efforts at a coffee morning in aid of Christian Aid at St. Michael's Church, Newbottle on Saturday are l-r Lauren Sharp (6), Grace Calvert (9), Matthew Sharp (10), Josepg Barron (8) and Claudia Calvert (8).
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COFFEE and cakes were on offer to raise money for Christian Aid.

The coffee morning was part of Christian Aid Week and held at St Matthew’s Church in Newbottle.

As well as the event, fund-raisers for Christian Aid have been doing house to house calls, sponsored events and collections in a bid to raise cash for the charity.

Christian Aid member, Rebecca Dinsdale, from Penshaw, said: “We’ve got a nine-year-old and a 93-year-old collecting. All ages are involved.

“We’ve been running the event for the last four years and we’ve made about £2,000 each year. It shows this is a generous area to live in.”

Rebecca, who owns a business specialising in motivational speaking and professional training, said: “We have a team of people doing what they can, we’ve doubled the team and hopefully doubled the total. It’s not just the money, it’s about community.”

Rebecca is passionate about the charity.

“It means a great deal because I have enough food, enough water and a roof over my head. If I was living in Sierra Leone I would want someone to do something for me, to raise money so I could buy tools and help myself,” said Rebecca.

“Christian Aid is about helping, giving a hand up.”