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The latest Christian Aid news and supporter stories from around England.

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North East Diamond Paper Quiz 2017

February 2017: Take part in a sparkling quiz to test your knowledge and raise money.

Canterbury children make worms of pennies

A Canterbury primary school had a novel way of raising money in Christian Aid Week

Yorkshire Quiz winner 2017

Announcing the winner of the 2017 Diamond Quiz

Great schools and youth resources on climate change now available!

Learn about climate change the fun way through film and discussion

Good news in Essex

Two churches fly the flag for Christian Aid Week

The annual Christian Aid Week Street Market in Oxford - fun and funds!

A great day for Christian Aid supporters of Wesley Memorial and Cowley Road churches, and a great result.

Meopham celebrates 50 years of walking for Christian Aid

What dedication to the cause! Fifty years of walking and still full of energy!

Maidenhead Prayer Cairn

Maidenhead build a Prayer Cairn for Christian Aid week

Yeovil - Getting ready for Christian Aid Week!

The Yeovil Christian Aid team get together to sort the envelopes and resources for 40 local churches for Christian Aid Week

Christian Aid Week Events in London 2017

Here's just a few of the many events going on in London for this year's Christian Aid Week!

Tea at the Ritz – An Idea for Christian Aid Week

Are you looking for an idea for a fundraising event for Christian Aid Week this year?

Marcus aims for the mountain top

April 2017: Marcus Kilpatrick will climb Mount Kilimanjaro this September to raise funds for Christian Aid

Roger Laing - marathon man

22 March 2017: Find out how this house-to-house collector has taken big steps to support Christian Aid...

Two new job vacancies at Christian Aid

Christian Aid is recruiting for two posts - apply today!

Yeovil Lent Lunches

Friday Lent lunches are an integral part of the year-round events organised by local churches in Yeovil

Diamond Paper Quiz 2017

Test your knowledge and raise money for Christian Aid.

The Peterborough office is closing

February 2017: Following a period of assessment, we have taken the difficult decision to close our office in Peterborough

How is innovation affecting poverty?

17 January 2017: join Christian Aid's Paul Valentin in this lively discussion on the role of innovation in transforming lives of those in poverty

A safe place to call home - the exhibition

Want a resource to get your church talking?

Supermarket and train station collections

December 2016: get your buckets ready to fundraise for Christian Aid through supermarket and train station collections.

IDMC Sing a Gospel Christmas for Christian Aid

10 December 2016: join one of the UK's favourite gospel choirs and their special guests

A Tale of Two Christmases

As Christmas gets closer, how will we prepare?

Marija from Serbia shares her stories

Refugees on the Serbia-Macedonia border are helped by Christian Aid

Bigger Christmas Sing, Oxford 2016, a huge success

The ninth annual Oxford Big Christmas Sing hits the high spot

Wesley Memorial Church, Oxford, keeps its promise

The church's pledge to give Christian Aid 5% of local fundraising for its building project tops £21,000 over seven years

Colin's long-service recognition

Thank you to Christian Aid collector Colin for over half a century of support!

Bells for Aleppo

Church bells have been ringing out in a local village in solidarity with the city of Aleppo and those leaving in fear

Innovation Impacting Poverty: 3 Billion Entrepreneurs?

30 November 2016: discuss the power of innovation in solving some of the toughest problems humanity faces

Join this discussion on all things Fairtrade

17 November 2016: is the Fairtrade model still a good one? What is the future of ethical certification? Air your views!

Sourced Campaign successes in the North East

We approached every council in the North East to ask them to change their procurement policies - here's what happened.

Simon Snell meets Kenyan farmers

Our Coordinator for Suffolk visited Kenya, where he met farmers struggling to grow enough food.

Service of Thanksgiving

8 November 2016: remembering the lives and inspirations of others

Skill-up day for campaigners and church finance officers

19 November 2016: ever thought about moving your money somewhere that builds the world you want to live in?

Witney residents speak up for clean energy

Witney residents, together with representatives of Christian Aid, voiced their support for clean, renewable energy

“Light the Way” this Christmas

Christian Aid returns to its Roots to “Light the Way” this Christmas

Speak Up Week of Action in Leigh and Southend

Will our 'speaking up' be heard?

Now thank we all our God! Harvest in London

A big thank you to all our churches who are supporting Christian Aid this Harvest

Simon meets Kenyan farmers taking action on climate change

Our Coordinator for Suffolk visited Kenya, where he met farmers struggling to grow enough food.

Lives in Kenya are transformed with Christian Aid

What would you do if your survival depended on the land and your crops failed?

Diamond wedding celebration

Nancy and David in Dover celebrate 60 years of marriage with gifts to Christian Aid

We're moving office!

Christian Aid's Oxford office is moving down the road

Speak Up Week of Action - your opportunity to be involved!

What does your MP think about climate change? Ask them during a week of action in October.

Change the Story in September

Three ways to Change the Story in September

Working with Megan, our Speak Up campaign volunteer

The Speak Up campaign is part of the work of the climate change coalition

Speak Up Week of Action - Christian Aid supporters get involved!

October: supporters are planning to Speak Up for those affected by climate change in our week of action

Paddling against poverty was a success!

A new route and some challenges to overcome!

Welcome to our Sourced Campaign Volunteer

The Sourced campaign aims to ensure that local councils do not contract with companies that dodge taxes

Christian Aid trustee walks to Hope

Christian Aid trustee Paul Spray chooses aptly named Munro for challenge

North East Paper Quiz Results 2016

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 North East Paper Quiz!

Juliet’s 110km running challenge

Juliet Percival from Durham tells us why she took on the Ultimate Trails Lakes 110k Challenge.

What seest thou else?

A reflection from Joey Knock, Regional Coordinator for Essex

Southend volunteers celebrate a successful Christian Aid Week

The perfect 'Thank-you' is tea and cake!

Goodbye from Jessica Hall

Jess reflects on seven years with Christian Aid

Yorkshire Quiz Winner 2016

Announcing the winner of the 2016 paper quiz (and the quiz answers!)

Big Brekkies in Essex, Chigwell and Colchester

Breakfasts from Ghana and Bangladesh delight Christian Aid supporters

Emily designs a new envelope

Eight-year-old Emily finds a new way to inspire help for flooded families

Gail's reflections on her year with the Christian Aid North East Team

Gail's internship with the Christian Aid Collective is due to finish soon. Here, she reflects on her experiences.

Look at what you did for Christian Aid Week 2016!

We're really proud of all your fundraising events for Christian Aid Week 2016 - thank you!

Big Brekkie in Bedford

The Big Brekkie came to Bedford

Over 500 Circle the City in 2016!

Were you one of over 500 who circled the City on 22 May?

Sarah Moon leaving Christian Aid after 11 years

We're bidding a fond farewell to our Regional Coordinator for Northumberland, as she is ordained this July.

The North East's Extreme Omelette Homilies from Christian Aid Week 2016

Here’s what happened when local politicians and church leaders took part in our challenge...

Help Christian Aid with your ethical investment

Save with Investing Ethically and save lives too

Thank you everyone for your wonderful efforts

You were absolutely brilliant in Christian Aid Week 2016!

The Big Brekkie 2016 in Sussex

A round-up of Christian Aid Week 2016 fundraising events in Sussex

Going green - and gold!

May 2016: becoming an Eco Church one step at a time. A church in Essex told us their story.

Raising homes in Bangladesh

St Luke's Youth group in Seaford learns about raising homes above the floods

Rowan Williams visits St Albans

Rowan Williams shows us how to love every neighbour in Christian Aid Week 2016

The Bishop of Lynn's new song

Jonathan, Bishop of Lynn has written a song about Bangladesh for Christian Aid Week.

Running the 2016 London Marathon for Christian Aid

Rev Alan beats his target and gets home in under five hours!

Quiz night at Woodstock Methodist Church

Quiz and a fish and chip supper are a strong fundraiser

Christian Aid Week events in London 2016

Here's a selection of what's coming up in London for Christian Aid Week this year...

The Christian Aid Week Paper Quiz is back!

Thursday 28 April 2016: the East Midlands and Cambridgeshire Paper Quiz is back!

From temporary database volunteer to campaigns organiser

A short-term commitment soon turned into a bigger opportunity

Rev on the run

Meet Edd, an Essex clergyman running this month’s London Marathon for Christian Aid.

Christian Aid partner from Bangladesh visits North East

Abdus Salam discussed the work his organisation is doing in Bangladesh.

Worship Resources for Christian Aid Week 2016

Quick access links to download all the Worship Resources you'll need for Christian Aid Week 2016

A Great North Success!

Last year Christian Aid runners raised over £26,278. We're now recruiting this year’s team - could you be a part of it?

Increase the impact of your fundraising

Get your story in the local media - publicise your event and share your story

Tilehurst Methodist Super Soup Lunch 2016

Super Soup Lunch and Cake Sale raised more than £600!

Oxford Tower abseil 2016

Supporters go over the top for Christian Aid

Tetbury woman runs London Marathon

A local woman from Tetbury is to run the London Marathon in the fight against poverty

Half a century supporting Christian Aid

Fantastic support from Mavis over 50 years

Local supporter runs the London marathon

Local runner Richard Yarwood is running the London Marathon in aid of the world's poor

Follow Nick cycling from Cairo to Cape Town

Keen cyclist Nick Simon is cycling over 8,000 miles through Africa to raise funds for Christian Aid

Buxton Good Will Supper

25 February 2016: Kate MacLean writes about a Good Will Supper that took place in Buxton

Rev Michael Brooks helps fight poverty through music

February 2016: Let us give thanks for a new setting of the Eucharist!

Trainee vicars run half marathon for Refugee Appeal

24 February 2016: eight trainee vicars are running the Cambridge Half Marathon to raise money for our appeal

Yorkshire Paper Quiz 2016

Get quizzical and raise money for Christian Aid Week

Helen Olley's pilgrimage of hope

Bath woman to walk over 1,600 miles to the Middle East in a pilgrimage of hope

Thank you South West!

Over £48,000 raised for Christian Aid emergency appeals in 2015

Bristol intern Mel Beckerleg travels to Brazil

Intern Mel Beckerleg travels to Brazil in January to visit Christian Aid partners

The North East 2016 Paper Quiz

Get quizzical and raise money for Christian Aid Week

Gaza Exhibition in Hackney

Clapton Park United Reformed Church hosts Gaza Exhibition: Through Young Eyes

Big Sing Raises £1,000

Wednesday 27 January 2016: a Big Sing held in Mansfield in December has raised over £1,000 for Christian Aid's Christmas Appeal!

A fond farewell

We bid a fond farewell to two of our regional coordinators

Youth group turn £5 notes into malaria nets

December 2015: Chelmsford Cathedral youth group take the £5 to £50 challenge for our Christmas Appeal.

Windsor Carollers gather for Advent Hope

Carols, mulled wine and lifesaving nets spread hope in Windsor.

Oxford Town Hall packed on two evenings for the 2015 Big Sing!

More than 500 primary school singers raised the rafters for Christian Aid

Brian runs 10k for Christian Aid

Sponsored 10k run: number 47 comes in smiling

Give A Day Away 2015

Give a day's pay away this Christmas and have your donation doubled

Delicious success for Shelswell Benefice

Shelswell Benefice meal proved a great success for Burkina Faso project

Shake a bucket for us!

Another way to fundraise for Christian Aid!

New volunteering opportunities!

Wednesday 21 October 2015: we have exciting new volunteering opportunities in the East Midlands and Cambridgeshire - come take a look!

Children in Sevenoaks beat their target!

St Luke’s Sevenoaks Junior Church brilliant fundraising for Christian Aid Week.

Jo Cordell is joining us as an intern in Oxford for 10 months

Jo Cordell is joining us in Oxford and has just graduated from Durham in Archaeology and Anthropology.

West Midlands welcomes Beth Fischbacher to our team

September 2015 - meet our new intern, Beth Fischbacher

Whalley Primary School tells poverty to Mooove over!

Whalley Primary School tells poverty to Mooove over!

Humbling long service award experience

Thursday 27 August: Nick Thorley reflects on giving a long-service award to an incredible supporter in Lincolnshire.

Our supporters are amazing!

Monday 24 August 2015: a photo from the Wirksworth Christian Aid group of their summer party highlights how incredible and hardy our supporters are!

Calling for Tax Justice booklet now available

13 August 2015: Our new booklet can be used as a series of Bible studies or in a small discussion group. Get yours today!

Truro septuagenarian to tackle seven of Christian Aid's 70 peaks in its 70th year

19 September 2015: marking Christian Aid’s 70th birthday a year after her own, Sue Pettit is making hard work of her celebrations.

'Music at Sunset' in Kingswear

5 August 2015: Supporters in Devon have raised over £800.00 - all while enjoying an evening of wine, cheese and dancing!

Sandown Annual Sponsored Walk 2015

29 July 2015: Isle of Wight supporters raise £570 during Christian Aid Week.

Braving the waves for Christian Aid Week

July 2015: Essex supporters take on a wet and windy sponsored challenge for Christian Aid Week.

Meet Gail, our new Youth and Student Intern

Book Gail to lead a session with your young people.

Yorkshire Quiz Winners 2015

Announcing the winners of the 2015 paper quiz (and the quiz answers!)

Thank you!

7 July 2015: thank you so much for your incredible support this Christian Aid Week.

Fundraising success at Elstow abseil

Twenty-nine brave people aged 11-77 raised more £7,000 abseiling down the historic bell tower.

Celebrating Christian Aid Week 2015!

Thanks for the memories!

Churchmead School raises funds for Christian Aid

Churchmead staff and students join forces in a week-long fundraising push!

A BIG thank you to all our May volunteers

May 2015: thank you for all you did in Christian Aid Week 2015!

Church leaders share Loko's burden

West Yorkshire church leaders carry firewood as they walk in the shoes of Ethiopian women living in poverty.

Robert's Ramblings

An update from Robert and his munro challenge!

West Midlands Paper Quiz Christian Aid Week 2015

Spring 2015: take our popular paper quiz to test your knowledge of all things global!

Can you give a few hours of your time?

April 2015: join us this Christian Aid Week and transform the lives of some of the world's poorest people.

Volunteering opportunity in our Bristol office

March 2015: join our friendly South West team as a database volunteer.

Daredevil 70-year-olds' abseil to mark Christian Aid's 70th anniversary

16 March 2015: a group in their 70s were among those who abseiled down a church to raise money for Christian Aid.

Radley School raises funds and awareness

Radley School students, keen supporters of Christian Aid, have raised £2,000 this year.

Try a new event for Christian Aid Week!

We've got some great new community events for you to try during Christian Aid Week!

Let's Make Tax Fair

It's time everyone paid their taxes – sign our petition if you agree.

London Christian Aid Week collections

Take part this May and play vital role in raising income to support our work!

Rowan Williams speaks at Bristol climate conference

27 January 2015: sell-out event challenges churches and faith communities to tackle climate change.

Soup fundraiser is great success

Shilton Baptist Church raises more than £200 for our Christmas Appeal with its monthly lunch event.

Supporters take icy dip for Christian Aid

Oxford couple brave North Sea on Boxing Day to raise funds in support of our work.

Pickmere Poets

Are you trying to think of a new way to raise money for Christian Aid? Here's an idea...

Robert Sneath takes on the Munros Challenge

Will you join Robert for the 70 Munros Challenge to mark Christian Aid's 70th birthday?

Fundraising is as easy as ABC

Geraldine Munn-Mace, Christian Aid office volunteer, explains how fundraising can be as easy as ABC.

Roll out the carols!

Beer and live music proved a good combination when it came to raising funds at Christmas.

Community Partnership Scheme flourishing

Relationship with Oxford church helps to raise tens of thousands for our work in Burkina Faso.

Kenyan colleague gets warm welcome in South East

Christian Aid's Stephen Ngugi inspired local supporters during Advent.

Cornish midwife endorses our Christmas appeal

She's asking supporters to help Christian Aid deliver bundles of joy this year!

Climate concerns prompt boy to rethink presents

Find out why nine-year-old Nathaniel has changed his Christmas list.

The Carlisle Schools Project

11 December 2014: involving local schools in fundraising and awareness raising.

Barton-on-Sea - our fundraising success of 2014

As the year draws to a close, one group tells us about their fundraising highlight of the year!

East Midlands office is moving!

Thursday 11 December 2014: the Christian Aid East Midlands office is moving on 18 December!

I Witness Exhibition: Images of Hope from Haiti

2015: witness the life-changing work happening in Haiti, following the earthquake, at our touring photographic exhibition.

Thank you Westcliffe Primary!

Friday 5 December 2014: a huge thank you to the pupils of Westcliffe Primary School in Scunthorpe who raised a fantastic £92 for Christian Aid!

Bristol vicar goes over the top in Avon Gorge Abseil

27 November 2014: the Rev Canon Nick Hay sang a nursery rhyme as he made the 100ft descent down the Avon Gorge!

Churches hunger for justice

October 2014: churches across the region take part in Hunger for Justice weekend to tackle climate change.

A tree-mendous way to raise funds!

Chislehurst Methodists grow funds from trees!

Hunger for Justice Yarn Bomb

Christchurch Spitalfields supports our Climate Justice campaign with bright display.

Neston Walk success!

14 March 2015: 45 walkers join sponsored walk in support of Christian Aid.

West Midlands welcomes Shona Day to our team

October 2014 - meet our new intern, Shona Day.

Hunger for Justice is here!

17 October 2014: hundreds of churches are urging their local MPs to tackle climate change. Are you involved?

Christmas Song Quiz

December 2014: how well do you know your Christmas carols? Try our quiz and find out!

Our new intern

October 2014: let me introduce you to our new Intern, Meg...

October Supporter Conference

Spaces are still available at our volunteer and supporter conference in Sheffield this October.

Could you organise a collection this Christmas?

September: UK Aid is matching Christian Aid fundraising this Christmas – can you help us make the most of the opportunity?

Meet Jonathan our new youth and student intern

10 September 2014: a warm welcome to Jonathan, our new intern.

Welcome to our new Legacy and Regional Coordinator

Find out more about Emma Peak, our new Legacy and Regional Coordinator for the North East

Father Alberto inspires the North West

August 2014: read what happened during the human rights advocate's visit...

Delivering joy in Kenya

What if Mary hadn’t made it to Bethlehem? Hear how Christian Aid partners in Kenya help mothers give birth in safety.

Couple 'Cycle Gaza' to support our appeal

Congratulations to Jessica and Michael, who have raised more than £900 in sponsorship!

Wirksworth Summer Party success!

Thursday 21 August 2014: Wirksworth Christian Aid Committee raise almost £1,000 at their Christian Aid Summer Party!

Yorkshire Quiz 2014

The winners of the 2014 paper quiz are announced!

Welcome to our new volunteer intern in Bristol!

Becki Hannam gets set to join the South West team this autumn.

'Couch potato’ clergy tackles cycle challenge for Christian Aid

August 2014: Rev Jeremy Brading surprised even himself by completing a 140-mile cycle ride from Guildford to Weymouth

Hunger for Justice

18-19 October: will your church be one of hundreds around the country urging local politicians to tackle climate change?

Will Aid: support Christian Aid this November

It’s almost November, which means Will Aid month is fast approaching.

Support Phil's big bike ride!

Phil Evans, Regional Coordinator for Buckinghamshire is cycling 100 miles to raise money for Christian Aid .

Father Alberto thanks West Midlands supporters

Summer 2014: the priest acknowledges supporters' gifts, actions and prayers during Christian Aid Week.

Introducing Jonnie...

In September, we welcome a new Christian Aid Collective intern to Oxfordshire.

Meet Ruth our new youth and student Intern

Our new intern, Ruth, is passionate about social justice and is looking forward to working with your church!

Campaigning success for Girls' Brigade

8 July 2014: members lobby MP on climate change and tax justice issues.

Visit our new Facebook page!

Tuesday 8 July 2014: use it to keep up with what we're doing in the East Midlands.

Tea in the Garden

Barton-on-Sea event raises record sum to support our work.

Two supporters make a difference

Kay and Fiona tell us what inspires them to give us such passionate, committed support.

Hunger for Justice

Join us as hundreds of churches come together to urge politicians to take strong action on climate change.

Beautiful gardens, sunshine and cake

Fantastic summer fundraiser at Bledlow Manor in Buckinghamshire raises more than £1,200.

Christian Aid Week round-up 2014

Thank you for all you got up to for Christian Aid Week this year!

Devon sisters scale Snowdon

19 June 2014: last year, the Goldsworthy sisters sold ice cream for Christian Aid Week – this year they climbed Snowdon!

Hunger for Justice

This October, will your church be one of hundreds around the country urging local politicians to tackle climate change?

'Pirates' speak out against tax havens

18 June 2014: stunt held in Norwich raises awareness of tax injustice.

East Midlands May and June Update 2014

18 June 2014: download a special May and June update from the East Midlands.

Share our Hunger for Justice this October

19 June 2014: this October, will your church join hundreds of others to urge politicians to tackle climate change?

London Road Festival 2014

London Road Festival goers put their hands up for peace!

Welcome to our new volunteer intern!

Imogen Hardman gets ready to inspire supporters in the South West.

Teenager's sponsored silence success

May 2014: self-confessed 'chatterbox' Rebecca rises to tough Christian Aid Week challenge.

Melton Mowbray Christian Aid Week Exhibition

Thursday 5 June 2014: Melton Mowbray residents create a Colombian hut during Christian Aid Week.

A super supermarket collection

May 2014: Southend-on-Sea church representative Berit Pedersen shares top tips on organising a supermarket collection.

Loughborough raises over £10,000!

28 May 2014: congratulations to the Loughborough Christian Aid committee who raised over £10,000 for Christian Aid Week!

Christian Aid Week success in Bridport

28 May 2014: from cake stalls to Scottish dancing, supporters from Holy Trinity Church had great fun raising over £1,000!

Christian Aid Week round-up

Thursday 22 May 2014: thank you for your support this Christian Aid Week from everyone in the East Midlands office.

Father Alberto Franco's Speaking Tour July 2014

July 2014: come and meet one of the stars of Christian Aid Week 2014!

Shrewsbury Christian Aid supporters host Call in for a Cuppa

22 May 2014: Call in for a Cuppa brews up extra funds in Shrewsbury.

Sandown Bay Sponsored Walk 2014

22 May 2014: Isle of Wight supporters raise £450 during Christian Aid Week.

Jumping for Justice in Cricklade

15 May 2014: supporters in Wiltshire take part in 70ft free-fall abseil at the start of Christian Aid Week.

Bournemouth and Poole sponsored walk

9 May 2015: help fight poverty by joining us for a walk, cycle, skate or scoot along the promenade.

East Midlands April Update 2014

Thursday 15 May: The next East Midlands update is now available to download.

Chandler's Ford gives poverty the boot!

13 May 2014: nine teams battle it out for the title of the first Chandler's Ford Christian Aid football tournament.

7citiesin7days tour hits West Midlands

Look out for Jack, Grandad and their puppeteer Andi Markham as they tour 7 cities in 7 days for Christian Aid.

Two Nottingham ministers live on £5 for five days

29 April 2014: Church duo to spend just £5 on food and drink for five days to raise money for Christian Aid Week.

Bishop highlights plight of conflict victims

Church leader seeks shelter in shepherd's hut in support of victims of violence.

Christian Aid thanks Will Aid participants Waldrons

Solicitors' firm raises thousands for will-making campaign.

'Sin Olvido': why Joey is going to Live Below the Line

Why is our intern sleeping on a church floor and living on £1 for 5 days? Read on...

Tax justice partnership launches in Worcester

26 March 2014: The Diocese of Worcester has launched its year-long Tax and Economic Justice Partnership.

Hundreds join North Staffs Sponsored Walk

9 April 2014: Walkers of all ages came from far and wide for a fantastic fundraiser.

St Patrick's Day celebrations in Brixham

7 April 2014: Supporters in Brixham raise over £1,000 for Christian Aid.

Green Light Campaign

9 April 2014: Let’s use the billions in our pensions to protect our planet.

Prints of peace

Lend a hand to victims of the Colombian conflict.

A House for Haiti

April 2014: Berkshire youth group raises an impressive £6000.

Churches rally support for Christian Aid Week

Kent church leaders send encouraging message to supporters as preparations begin.

Big Sing a big success!

Wednesday 19 March: thank you to schools in the Southwell and Nottingham Diocese who raised over £1,000 from their Big Sing for Christian Aid.

Fortnightly update comes to the regional website!

Thursday 20 March: the East Midlands fortnightly update is now available on our regional website.

Youth group raises more than £900!

Wednesday 19 March 2014: Derbyshire young people fast to raise more than £900 for Christian Aid

Food for thought at Bristol Global Aware Conference

Supporters in Bristol and Somerset learn how our food choices have an impact on people and planet.

Sevenoaks carol singing success

Commuters give over £1000 to Christian Aid at Sevenoaks station in response to carol singers.

Iraqi Christian Aid partner visits the South East

This spring we are delighted to welcome Sarjon Toma from Iraq who will be speaking at various events around the South East.

North East News Spring 2014

Find out what's happening around the North East this Spring

Music and justice

May 2014: Singer-songwriter Gareth Davies-Jones can help you engage your community this Christian Aid Week.

Exciting opportunity to be part of the Christian Aid regional team!

15 January 2014: regional administrator in the Norwich office (six-month fixed-term contract)

Christian Aid groups in the South West lobby MPs for tax justice

One of our groups even got a mention in the House of Commons this month!

From small start to thriving event

Schools, churches, youth groups and business make a splash for cash at University of Birmingham swimming pool.

A future without fear - come and hear about our work in Iraq

This spring we welcome Sarjon Toma from Iraq to the region to share stories of hope and transformation.

Big Christmas Sing hits the right note

16 December 2013: £2,600 raised over two nights of festive singing.

Exciting opportunity to be part of the East Midlands team!

12 December 2013: new role available as a regional administrator in the East Midlands office.

In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan

Regional manager Linda Tiongco witnesses the devastation in the Philippines and the huge relief effort.

Introducing Ian

December 2013: our United Reformed Church intern Ian shares his plans to make people passionate about social justice.

Local supporter shares his fundraising story

Find out how local supporter Tim Friend got on when he cycled an incredible 400 miles for Christian Aid!

Vicar goes over the top

27 November 2013: 100ft church tower abseil raises over £2,000 for Christian Aid.

Inspiration from Colombia

25 October 2013: Oxford intern Amy Lockwood shares the work she has witnessed by our partners in Colombia.

Reflections from Burundi 2013

11 November: Reflections on an inspiring trip to see the crucial work of Christian Aid partners in Burundi

Back from Bolivia

23 October 2013: Bristol coordinator sees hope and challenge in the Amazon

Going over the edge for poverty

Has your congregation got what it takes?

Say hello to our new intern!

Our new intern, Joey, on how he can help you to change the world (helped by a colouring book and slice of cake).

Running mums beat their target

October 2013: A chat at the school gate led a group of Hertfordshire mums to run the Royal Parks Half Marathon.

A sweeter deal: the Bishop of St Albans' Harvest Appeal

14 October 2013: working together to make sure small bees have a big impact on families in Ethiopia.

Stepping in the footsteps of St Augustine

27 November 2013: walkers aged six to 76 take part in 11-mile sponsored walk.

Bideford Annual Safari Supper

October 2013: four Bideford churches host Safari Supper for Christian Aid.

Celebrating 25 years of Will Aid

October 2013: a simple way to make a donation to Christian Aid this November.

Meet our new intern

27 September 2013: new intern Hannah sets off for Colombia.

Two East of England team members visit projects in Bolivia and Burundi

September 2013: Julian Bryant and Imogen Tate visit partners pverseas to see how they are fighting poverty.

Weston Turville Abseil raises £5,000

17 September 2013: successful event sees 25 brave people abseil down church tower.

Volunteer as a speaker with Christian Aid

16 September 2013: will you speak up for those who have no voice?

Mighty oaks from little acorns grow!

17 September 2013: find out how one family almost doubled their cake sale profits in one year.

Meet John, our new intern

19 September 2013: a short introduction from West Midlands' new Christian Aid Collective intern.

Meet our new intern

September 2013: a big welcome to Helen!

Christine's zipwire challenge

September 2013: dare-devil supporter tackles England's longest zipwire to raise money for Christian Aid.

Essex cyclist takes up the Cathedrals to Coast bike ride

August 2013: tackling the hills in memory of his father, a Christian Aid supporter.

Three men cycle 977 miles in nine days for Christian Aid

22 August 2013: three Nottinghamshire men cycle from Lands' End to John o'Groats, raising over £3,000 for charity.

Local quiz night raises over £300!

22 August 2013: the Long Eaton and Sawley Christian Aid Committee has raised over £300 with their Christian Aid Week quiz night.

Welcome to Ben, our new volunteer intern

Keen sportsman Ben gets set to join the South West team.

Stephen gears up for Cathedrals to Coast challenge

August 2013: Christian Aid’s Dorset coordinator takes on 140-mile homecoming ride.

Cath gives poverty the boot

Cath Greenlees is lacing up her walking boots to raise funds for Christian Aid.

New faces in your regional team

Christian Aid's team in Oxford welcome Adrian Whalley and Phil Evans.

Burundi partner to visit this October

October 2013: find out more about the visit of Bishop Martin Blaise Nyaboho from Burundi to the East Midlands

Two of the East Midlands team travel to Burundi

September 2013: Nick Thorley and Judi Perry will visit partners to see how they're fighting poverty.

Winner of the West region's 2013 Christian Aid Week Quiz announced

1 August 2013: Lily Lock's luck lands her the regional title.

Pray and act with us this Advent

September 2013: three seasonal ideas to get your church praying and acting for an end to poverty.

Looking for fundraising inspiration?

July 2013: how one man exceeded his £10,000 fundraising goal with a solo expedition.

Dr Rowan Williams thanks supporters at Sunderland Minster

22 July 2013: A night of celebration with the former Archbishop of Canterbury at a packed Minster

Bede's Way Walk 2013

22 July 2013: a spiritual walk on the sunniest of days.

How to apply for a supermarket collection in the West Midlands

A fun and easy way to raise funds for Christian Aid and get all ages involved...

Over £40,000 raised from cancelled walk!

July 17 2013: North Staffordshire Walk participants persevere to raise thousands after the event is cancelled.

A 'rich world, poor world' lunch with a twist

July 2013: find out how supporters in East Sussex used their creativity to raise awareness of hunger.

Christian Aid in Wirksworth

9 July 2013: Jill Rhodes, from Wirksworth, writes about Christian Aid Week in the town and surrounding villages.

Sleaford sponsored knit-in

9 July 2013: fancy trying a new fundraising idea? Sleaford's sponsored knit-in could get your creative juices flowing.

Reflections on the Big IF events

When 50,000 people came together at Big IF events to call on G8 leaders to tackle world hunger, this is what happened...

Meet our new interns

July 2013: A big welcome to Ian and Rachel, who will join the South East team in September.

The real Brazil

June 2013: the real Brazil comes to Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Christian Aid Week 2013 in Hampshire

June 2013: supporters battle wet weather to celebrate Christian Aid Week in Hampshire!

IF fun in Stoke-on-Trent

London Road Festival welcomes the IF campaign.

Yorkshire quiz winners 2013

Winners of this year's Yorkshire paper quiz are announced.

Toodleoo to Thom

June 2013: Intern Thom says his farewells

IF cycle to London

19 June 2013: seventy-six-year-old cycles 600 miles to combat poverty.

Now Is The Time

Bringing you an engaging Harvest worship experience.

South East Team to Live Below The Line

April 2013: the South East team is fundraising - please sponsor us as we take the Live Below The Line challenge and each live on £1 a day for five days.

Stories of hope from Bolivia

27 June 2013: Rosie Venner from the South East team travels to Bolivia to find out how Christian Aid's partners are tackling poverty.

Sweet fundraising success for St Thomas' Church

4 June 2013: well done to St Thomas', Bampton, who raised over £130 at their Christian Aid Week cake sale.

Be part of the IF campaign

June 2013: as G8 leaders meet this month, be part of the IF campaign and help tackle global hunger.

Thank you to all our volunteers

6 June 2013: it's Volunteers' Week so what better time to say thank you to all our amazing volunteers.

Fundraising stories from Leicester

6 June 2013: Christine Harrison, treasurer of Leicester Christian Aid group, shares fundraising stories from the area.

Big Picnic day for URC Pilots

31 May 2013: Christian Aid intern, Alice Cane, helped the East Midlands URC to hold a ‘Big Picnic’ for young people

Volunteer interview

28 May 2013: we're celebrating volunteer week by putting the spotlight on John G, a NW volunteer.

Praising our Christian Aid Week volunteers

21 July 2013: Join us at Sunderland Minster for a celebration of your work during Christian Aid Week.

Be part of the IF campaign

Help us tackle the scandal of global hunger this summer.

G8 summit and the IF campaign

8 May 2013: the greatest opportunity to finally end global hunger.

An abseiling adventure in Ingatestone

20 April 2013: Some daring supporters in Essex took up the challenge of abseiling down Ingatestone's church tower.

Crewe took the plunge to end poverty

A big thank you to those in Crewe who took part in a fantastic sponsored swim.

Wiltshire's bishops complete 172-mile cycle challenge

16 April 2013: bishops abandon mitres and don Lycra to raise funds and show solidarity with Christian Aid supporters across Wiltshire.

Join us in June for our IF campaign mobilisations

June 2013: join thousands of supporters for our IF events to be part of one of the biggest campaigning moments since Make Poverty History.

A week in the life of a Christian Aid intern

April 2013: Chris Bright reports on the wide-ranging activities he has been involved in as the Oxford intern.

Five ideas for Christian Aid Week

27 March 2013: Christian Aid Week is fast approaching. Which of these simple ideas could your church try this year?

Newcastle abseil raises money for Christian Aid

26 March 2013: twenty people have raised funds for Christian Aid by abseiling down the Vermont Hotel in Newcastle.

Top tips for getting coverage of your Christian Aid Week events or collection

25 March 2013: our top tips for getting media coverage of your local Christian Aid Week event or house to house collection.

Christian Aid Week 2013

Bite back at hunger this Christian Aid Week!

Mission Made Possible?

20 March 2013: have you enjoyed the North West pre-Christian Aid Week events?

Local supporters lobby Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan

18 March 2013: Christian Aid and Islamic Relief supporters lobby Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan on the IF campaign.

Gedling MP Vernon Coaker lobbied by Nottingham school pupils

Monday 18 March 2013: pupils from the Christ the King School in Nottingham lobbied Gedling MP Vernon Coaker on the IF campaign at their school.

Ashbourne Church's dancing success!

27 February 2013: Ashbourne's third Strictly Come Dancing event a huge success, with over 70 people attending and raising around £300.

IF campaign: lobby your MP

February-March 2013: take a stand against the injustice of global hunger and lobby your MP.

Enough food for everyone IF - regional campaign launch

Local agencies and churches met at Bristol City Hall to launch the 'IF' campaign in the South West.

Bristol MP asks PM our taxing question

13 February 2013: Stephen Williams MP (Bristol West) takes our tax justice concerns to the top.

North West office news

12 February 2013: read about what your local office has been up to.


25 January 2013: Assistant Mayor Councillor Sood and the Bishop of Leicester joined us outside Leicester Cathedral.

IF campaign: lobby your MP

26 February 2013: take a stand against the social injustice of world hunger and lobby your local MP as part of the IF campaign

West Yorkshire’s church leaders unite for tax justice

February 2013: church leaders call for political action to end tax dodging by multinational companies.

Calling all local preachers

January 2013: volunteering opportunity - calling all local preachers!

Bristol link with Christian Aid's goodwill ambassador on HIV/AIDS

Bristol & Swindon church leaders see the work of Christian Aid's goodwill ambassador on HIV & AIDS in Uganda

An introduction to our new media volunteer

21 January 2013: Sam Rylands, the latest addition to the East Midlands team, introduces himself as our new media volunteer.

Carriage of carols

7 January 2013: Chinnor Christian Aid Committee and Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway joined forces for an unusual carol concert!

Calling all local preachers

January 2013 - volunteering opportunity: calling all local preachers.

Have you liked our Facebook page?

2013: 'like' us on Facebook to share the latest updates and photos from Christian Aid in the East of England and our supporters.

Windsor abseil

5 December 2012 - Olympic medallist goes over the edge for Christian Aid.

Spittin’ rhymes to change lives

5 December: Pupils at the Nottingham Emmanuel school rap and sing to raise money for Christian Aid’s partnership scheme.

Essex supporters go over the edge for poverty

23 November 2012: some brave souls abseiled down a church tower in Essex. You could do it, too!

Intern Thom returns from Zimbabwe trip

Read about his experiences during his two-week visit.

Local Christian Aid group fundraising success story

8 November 2012: Caroline Ballard writes about the popular Brigg quiz night that raised a fantastic £655.74!

Will Aid 2012

5 November 2012: this month, a local Will Aid solicitor will write your Will and ask only for a donation to charity.

How to support Christian Aid this Christmas

2 November 2012: journey towards Christmas with Christian Aid.

Want to get involved in Christian Aid campaigns?

Hold stunts, lobby your MP or take our actions; just a few things you can do to fight poverty, campaigns style

Going for Gold weekend and sponsored skydive

8 November 2012: Karen Tallant reflects on her 'Going for Gold' Mission Weekend - and a sponsored skydive!

Hello to Joel Payne and welcome back to Lindsay Harper

31 October 2012: this week two more faces - Joel and Lindsay - became part of our East Midlands team

Art for justice

Artist Timothy Vivian donates proceeds from life's work to Christian Aid.

Oxfordshire Supporters March for Justice

October 2012: Christian Aid supporters showed their solidarity with tens of thousands of landless poor people in India.

Malvern march for justice

17 October 2012: marchers in Malvern are celebrating the successful outcome of land rights campaigners in India.

Land rights victory for marchers

11 October 2012: days after the Bede’s Way solidarity walk, Indian March for Justice is called off having achieved victory.

Tax Justice Bus Tour

October 2012: supporters step on board the Tax Justice Bus as it rolls into the region and tick for tax justice.

North East on board for tax justice

12 October 2012: hundreds of supporters, MPs, church and civic leaders hop on board the Tax Justice Bus in the North East

Quizaid in Kea raises £398!

11 October 2012: Kea's 2012 Quizaid draws in teams of all ages.

New volunteer speaker: Joe Knock

11 October 2012: say hello to our new volunteer speaker in Essex, Joe Knock.

Celebrating Africa: an inspiring event

5 October 2012: Canterbury group celebrates Africa with music and jollof rice.

Poverty Over youth event

28 September 2012: over 120 young people from Durham Diocese gather in Durham Cathedral to explore issues of poverty, inequality and faith.

Will Aid: support Christian Aid this November

It’s almost November, which means Will Aid month is fast approaching.

Memories of the tax justice bus in the East Midlands

The tax justice bus has now left the East Midlands after visiting for two days on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September. Read here what happened during its trip as well as find links to see photographs

The Tax Justice Bus visits London and the South East

Did you catch the Tax Justice Bus in your area? Find out how you can get on board with the campaign.

Thom prepares for Zimbabwe

21 September 2012: what do Christian Aid interns do? Find out more about the Christian Aid Collective and volunteering...

Great reception for the Tax Justice bus

3-7 September 2012: Christian Aid's Tax Justice Tour received an enthusiastic welcome in Bristol, Taunton and Salisbury.

'Hello East Midlands' by Alice Cane

18 September 2012: Alice Cane, new youth and student volunteer intern for the East Midlands, writes about herself, her new role and her claim to fame!

Passionate about ending poverty?

September 2012: want to climb a mountain or test your stamina with a long distance walk? Are you a keen cyclist, runner or swimmer?

Teenagers bounce for charity!

10 young people from Ashbourne took part in a 24 hour trampolinathon, raising £600 for Christian Aid! Catherine Green, Youth Group Leader, writes about how it all went.

Looking for the challenge of a lifetime?

August 2012: cycling, swimming or running? Find your own challenge event and raise money for Christian Aid.

Isle of Man raises over £70,000 during Christian Aid Week

29 August 2012: Isle of Man smashes Christian Aid Week target

Regional Christian Aid Week total tops half a million!

Christian Aid Week donations from the people of Beds, Berks, Bucks, Herts and Oxon have passed half a million pounds and currently total £665,133.59.

St Albans Harvest Appeal

Harvest is a time to give thanks for Gods provision, but this year more than ever we have seen what damage the weather can do.

Do you have a bucketload of enthusiasm?

15 August 2012: bucket collections are an easy way to collect money. Read Eirlys Jessop's experience...

Why not become a Fair Trader?

August 2012: buying Fairtrade is good, selling Fairtrade is even better! How to sell Fairtrade Christmas cards in your community.

Intrepid cyclist notches up another 1,109 miles

8 August: Jane Hough from Winchester beats ski injury to raise funds for Christian Aid.

Devon schoolgirl runs half marathon

3 August: 10-year-old Chloe Sawbridge from Plymstock inspired to run half marathon by the Good Samaritan.

John Grundy marches for justice

1 August 2012: local historian and TV presenter, John Grundy, tells us why he's walking Bede's Way for Christian Aid.

Christian Aid slays poverty in Preston

27 July 2012: supporters from across the north west take part in Preston's dragon boat race and raise thousands for poor communities around the world.

A modern day fast

24 July 2012: are you addicted to your mobile phone? Can't live without your iPod? Trinity Methodist trys a digi-fast.

Something worth walking for!

11 October 2012: latest update on Christian Aid supporter John Wilmut's 1,000 mile walk to help children in the world's poorest countries.

West of England paper quiz 2012

3 July 2012 - Claire and Sheila are winners in the Christian Aid Week West of England paper quiz 2012.

Voice of a volunteer

2 July 2012: volunteers are crucial to Christian Aid's work. Read about Liz's experiences as a North West office volunteer to see what she gets up to!

Warrington Walking Day 2012

29 June 2012: Christian Aid North West joins Warrington Walking Day, a traditional event that dates back to 1834.

Loretta Minghella wows supporters in Winchester

27 June 2012: Christian Aid's Director, Loretta Minghella, joins a celebration picnic to launch the Poverty Over exhibition at Winchester Cathedral.

Local dignitaries join forces for Newton Abbot walk

22 June 2012: two mayors and a town crier joined forces in May 2012 to start the annual Newton Abbot Christian Aid Week sponsored walk.

An inspiring visitor from Sierra Leone

22 June 2012: Jeanne Kamara from Sierra Leone pays a whirlwind visit to South West England during Christian Aid Week 2012.

Renewal single hits the right note for Christian Aid

19 June 2012 - Bristol's Renewal Choir release their new single, after a show-stopping performance at 'Change the world'.

Cooking up a storm with just £1

19 June 2012: catering students at Leicester College take part in a challenge to cook a silver-service standard meal on just £1.

Faith in Rio: Church's vital role at Rio+20

18 June 2012 - the Bishop of Bath and Wells joins the Secretary of State to highlight the Church's vital role at the Rio+20 Earth Summit 2012.

Five counties paper quiz winners!

8 June 2012: congratulations to our three winners of this year's paper quiz in Beds, Berks, Bucks, Herts and Oxon. Answer sheet available here.

Bulwell URC spring fair beats last year's total

8 June 2012: Bulwell URC spring fair sets new record for Christian Aid Week.

Hunger for justice

May 2012 - once again this popular supporters' event in the West of England proved to be a success

Eirlys’ first six months working for Christian Aid

1 May 2012: Eirlys, Christian Aid North West's regional coordinator, reflects on the first six months in post.

London Marathon runner raises £5,000

22 April 2012: congratulations to Paul Anderson from Loughborough who completed the 2012 London Marathon, raising over £5,000 for Christian Aid.

Once and for all

20 April 2012: join us at Once and for all in the North West, Christian Aid's dynamic new presentation that unveils our transforming work in the poorest countries.

Hannah cycles London to Paris

15 April 2012: Christian Aid's Hannah Griffiths is gearing up to cycle hundreds of miles this summer to help change lives around the world.

Welcoming Team MoCat

April 2012: two interns push themselves to the limit running and cycling 661 miles to raise money for the world's poorest people.

Poverty over - once and for all

April 2012: you will smile, you may cry, you will learn, you may be outraged and you will be freshly inspired for CA Week 2012.

Halifax long march

April 2012: thank you to everyone who walked 26 miles through the night to raise money for Christian Aid.

South West team get out and about

April 2012: from Penzance to Portsmouth and many places in between, we’ve been meeting our supporters.

Stories of hope from Haiti

April 2012: supporters in the South East have been hearing about the vital work Christian Aid partners are doing to bring hope to Haiti.

Bring a global perspective to your summer events

April 2012: if you're holding a summer festival or fete this summer we can support you to help it change lives.

A great way to kick off Christian Aid Week 2012

April 2012: Christian Aid youth interns take on the London to Brighton 100k challenge.

Young people, get involved!

April 2012: it's going to be a busy summer 2012 for young people in the North West, find out how you can get involved.

Pre Christian Aid Week roadshow

April 2012: this year 14 pre-Christian Aid Week events were held from Alsager to Carlisle, Crosby to Mossley attracting 300 people.

Why live below the line?

April 2012: Jenny Sutcliffe from Newcastle shares her experience of living below the line in 2011 and her motivation for doing it again.

2012 set to be a good year

April 2012: despite the cold and bleak start to the year, the North East office is getting excited about the coming months.

Eyewitness: transforming lives in India

April 2012: Christian Aid's Laura and Steph are available to speak about their experiences of our partners' inspirational work in India.

Campaigners turn 'Passion into action'

22 March 2012: Christian Aid campaigners learn how to turn their 'Passion into action' at London training day.

Building a legacy of hope: children of the Gaza Strip

10 March 2012: child labour photography exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry.

Volunteer Profile: Richman Ncube

March 2012: Richman Ncube grew up in Zimbabwe's western district of Plumtree and volunteers as a speaker for Christian Aid.

Tax as a tool for justice

March 2012: the West Midlands kicked off a series of round table meetings with senior church leaders to discuss ‘tax as a tool for Justice’.

MP takes action following Christian Aid tax campaign

March 2012 - Wells MP Tessa Munt has raised questions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer about tax haven transparency.

Christian Aid West wins award

March 2012 - Christian Aid West of England takes home silver at the Fairtrade business awards.

We hope you'll 'like' us

March 2012 - why not join Christian Aid West on Facebook and keep up with the latest news and events.

Mevagissey sponsored walk

March 2012: 29 Mevagissey supporters do sponsored laps around the Lost Gardens of Heligan to raise money.

An evening with Loretta Minghella

March 2012: Christian Aid Director inspires supporters to donate over £1000 at Isle of Wight talk.

Is tax good for the poor?

March 2012: six church leaders from across Beds, Berks Bucks, Herts and Oxon gather to discuss Christian Aid's tax campaign.

Inspirational stories from India's march for justice

March 2012: Christian Aid in Oxfordshire hosts an evening of good food and inspirational stories from India.

First-hand account of Haiti earthquake

March 2012: Windsor Christian Aid supporters hear first-hand account of Haiti earthquake.

Abseilers go over the edge for Christian Aid

March 2012: a group of brave and daring souls challenged themselves to abseil 74-foot down St Etheldreda’s Church in Old Hatfield.

My internship with Christian Aid

March 2012: Jess Durham tells us about her experience interning for Christian Aid North West and the memories she will treasure.

Pray it fair: fair trade and justice

March 2012: interns Hannah and Claire spend a busy Fairtrade Fortnight speaking in unis, churches and youth groups across London.

Church, youth group and school speakers available

2012: Loughborough staff are available to speak about Christian Aid partners in Tajikistan and India.

Swimmers make a splash to fight poverty

January 2012: sponsored swim hopes to raise nearly £5,000 for Christian Aid's work.

Promoting your event

19 September 2013: find out how to share your event with the rest of the region in just one email.

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