A Dorset church changed tactics for this year’s Christian Aid Week, resulting in a healthy boost for mothers in Sierra Leone.
Instead of doing house-to-house collections, St Michael’s, Colehill, shared a parish lunch, raising a staggering £998.75 for the appeal which has highlighted the need for better health care in the West African country.
One of the kitchen crew – Barbie Watson – said: “We were horrified to hear that ten women a day die in childbirth in Sierra Leone and we wanted to do something about it.
'Our house-to-house collections have been disappointing with less and less money raised over the years.
'The alternative Big Brekkie which Christian Aid suggested couldn’t really be fitted in here as we have services at 8am and 9.30 so we adapted the idea and put on a parish lunch.
'It was a very happy occasion with parishioners supporting it with enthusiasm. Even the jolly hard work in the kitchen was fun.
'We were absolutely delighted with the results and are keen to do it again next year.'