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We were overwhelmed this year by the support we received at Holy Trinity, those who made the Big Brekkie possible and those who came and enjoyed it, the band of collectors who braved the weather to go out and knock on doors, those who stood with a bucket on the bridge and most importantly those who made a donation. Our total contribution to the Christian Aid Week Appeal this year was an amazing £2,588.37.

And we are already thinking about what we can do next year! Christian Aid have launched a photo exhibition entitled ‘Inherit the Earth’ about their work in Bolivia. This exhibition will be touring the South West over the next 3 years and Holy Trinity will be hosting it for the first 3 weeks in May 2018 to coincide with Christian Aid Week. We can use the exhibition to attract people into the church, perhaps for tea, lunch, breakfast or a talk – all suggestions welcome.

Thank you all again for your support.
Marcia and Linda


Christian Aid’s chief executive, Loretta Minghella, recently visited the South Sudan to meet the people fleeing civil war and the aid projects made possible by the £73,000 raised by the Diocese of Salisbury ahead of Christian Aid Week. In an article in the Dorset Echo she thanked the Diocese for its ‘phenomenal’ support of the South Sudan Appeal.

Ms Minghella, an honorary Canon at Salisbury Cathedral, said: “The visit brings home just how vital the support of the people of the Diocese of Salisbury is, has been and will be: their donations are helping to save and transform lives.  I heard some heart-breaking stories of people having to leave their homes and flee the fighting into the surrounding wetlands. Many of them walked through the water for five days, carrying their elderly and disabled with them. They slept on islands with only waterlilies to eat. At some points the water came up to their necks and tragically, many children drowned.”

Since fighting broke out in 2013, 82 humanitarians have been killed in the country making it the most dangerous country for aid workers in the world. Christian Aid and its local partner UNIDO have been helping people find sustainable food sources by providing fishing hooks and developing demonstration gardens to show what produce can be grown with the right seeds and skills.

As Christian Aid Week celebrates its 60th anniversary supporters across Dorset and Wiltshire have organised fundraisers from cream teas, sponsored walks, a fitness class, Big Brekkies and collections.  Over the past five years the diocese has raised over £591,000 during Christian Aid Week to help those those trapped in poverty.

Ms Minghella said: “On behalf of Christian Aid and our partners working under extremely difficult conditions in South Sudan, I want to thank everyone who is helping to turn fear into hope and giving people a chance of life before death. We are humbled and inspired by your response.”

11 June 2017

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  • Tuesday 1 May 2018, 12.01am | Holy Trinity

    Christian Aid Week 13 - 19 May 2018

    This year Holy Trinity is supporting Christian Aid Week in several different ways. You can help:

    I WITNESS - 30th April until 20th May 2018

    A photographic exhibition in Holy Trinity Church depicting Christian Aid’s work in Haiti. Continuing relief work and the provision of earthquake resistant homes is the focus for Christian Aid Week this year. Come and see the exhibition but help by giving up a little of your time to steward so that we can keep the church open and welcome as many people as possible to the exhibition.

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    Join us for a delicious ‘continental style’ breakfast and meet speaker Fiona Daborn. Tickets £3.00

    BUCKET COLLECTION ON THE TOWN BRIDGE - Saturday 19th May 2018 10 – 4pm

    This was very successful last year. We need 2 people at a time to stand for 1 or 2 hours on the Bridge with a large collecting bucket and people will come to you to donate.

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