Church event raises more than £1,100 for appeal

FOLLOWING the graphic and disturbing images of starving children, the clergy and churchwardens of St Cuthbert’s in Bedlington are to donate the proceeds of their August coffee morning to the East Africa Famine Relief Appeal.

Despite little time to publicise the event, small groups within the community joined in to make the day a success.

Despite inclement weather, the event was well supported, with coffee and scones, home-made cakes, and a variety of stalls, with prizes for the raffle provided by local businesses.

There were also hot dogs to help keep out the cold, provided by members of the congregation.

Everyone who helped to organise the event and all those who braved the weather to support it were congratulated.

Due to their efforts the impressive sum of £1,156 was raised and a cheque has been sent has been sent to the charity through Christian Aid.

The church is now planning its involvement in the Northumberland Heritage weekend, when the church will be open from 10am to 4pm on Friday, September 9, and Saturday, September 10.

There will again be a series of stalls, members of the congregation will be on hand to explain the history of the church, Barry Mead the local historian will give two illustrated talks and the ATC will be representing the youth of the community.