The North Staffs Christian Aid Sponsored Walk Committee, writes: Very sadly the North Staffs Sponsored Walk at Tittesworth Reservoir on 28 March 2020 has been cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus situation. The health and safety of our community of supporters, walkers, volunteers and staff is of the utmost importance to us. Christian Aid Week 10 – 16 May 2020 is not cancelled, however what is clear is that this will be a Christian Aid Week like no other. Whilst a number of key activities, such as House-to-House collections will not be taking place in May Christian Aid will be working with supporters and volunteers to identify alternative ways of raising funds, acting and praying on behalf of those living in poverty both during Christian Aid Week and later in the year, more information about this will be available shortly. The absence of House-to-House collections means its finances are now potentially precarious. Therefore we do hope this cancellation will not stop sponsorship money being collected and donations being made. We trust the following suggestions and reminders are helpful: When the Walk was previously cancelled in 2001 because of Foot & Mouth Disease, we encouraged participants to do their own walk privately; we would ask you might consider doing the same again, obviously taking sensible social distancing precautions We appeal to sponsors to make their promised donations in any event bearing in mind Christian Aid’s urgent needs The date of next year’s Christian Aid North Staffs Sponsored Walk is Saturday 20 March 2021. We trust normality will have returned by then and we look forward to seeing you there. We're delighted that over the years together walkers have raised over £1 million! Stay safe Although the world looks very different today, many of the issues which keep people poor remain the same. Our brothers and sisters living in poverty are on the frontline of the climate crisis. But thanks to your support over the years, people like Florence have not only survived but thrived. Florence is full of life, love and laughter. The women in her farming group look up to her. She’s courageous, kind – a survivor. Thanks to your donations to Christian Aid over the years, Florence and her community have built a water dam just a short walk away from her village. Over the next few months, we’ll be keeping you informed about the work of our partners across the world. We will be inspiring you with stories of faith and hope. We will show you how together we can stop climate change. Our voices and actions are stronger together. And with your help, even when we can’t gather together, we can make a difference.