Dear Readers,

Some of you may realise that this month is usually when Churches Together in Great Aycliffe collect for Christian Aid. Due to the Pandemic we could not collect anything at all last year. I have approached Shirley Cormack, our Community Champion at Tesco’s, who has kindly agreed to allow a bucket collection in the store. Of course people cannot stand with collection buckets, as we have to adhere to government rules regarding this.

Instead, Shirley will be placing the buckets around the store for any donations towards this charitable organisation, which does such sterling work around the world. As we all know, the many places that are really suffering are needing funds, such as Myanmar, many places in Africa, The Yemen as well as India which is suffering badly – our money is a God send to them all.

I am appealing to all the generous folk who shop in Tesco, to help all you can by donating any amount, every penny counts. Please, if you only are a card payer, like myself, try and bring some small change next time you go to Tesco as the buckets are there for a short while only.

If you cannot get to Tesco, most of our churches on the town will receive your donation, with thanks. These are St. Mary’s, Central Avenue, St. Clare’s, St Cuthbert’s Way, St. Andrews (Aycliffe Village), The Methodist Church, Neville Parade and the Church at Woodham, held in the hall opposite Bethany Nursing home.

Of course, you can also send donations direct to Christian Aid which will be showing details on Television, Facebook and in Newspapers.

We THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for thinking about helping Christian Aid, a charity which helps everyone in need.

God bless, from all at Churches Together in Great Aycliffe.