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Thousands raised in Salisbury's Strawberry Tea success

Amanda Mukwashi addresses CA supporters as John Glen MP and Bishop Nick listen

A bishop, an MP, a Chief Executive and climate campaigners are a recipe for success

The gates to Salisbury’s Bishop’s Palace were thrown open this summer for Salisbury's Strawberry Tea, which raised over £2,350 for Christian Aid.

Together the Bishop of Salisbury, the Right Rev Nicholas Holtam, and his wife Helen, welcomed 150 people to join them in their garden. Guests of honour at the event were our Chief Executive Amanda Khozi Mukwashi, and Salisbury and South Wilts MP John Glen.

The afternoon tea had stalls, strawberries, sunshine and speeches. It was also an opportunity to take action for climate change, as local Christian Aid supporters asked John to urge the government to step up its action on global warming.

John said: “Making the connection to local people concerned about climate change is important to me. It was a privilege to hear Amanda address supporters about Christian Aid’s calls for greater action to protect what we love about the beautiful world we live in, and I agreed to raise their concerns with the government.”

Whilst we have enjoyed a long, hot summer, many communities and countries around the world are facing the dire effects of extreme weather conditions.

The Rt Rev Nicholas Holtham

Bishop of Salisbury

'Fragile lives are uprooted'

Bishop Nick said: “It was wonderful to share the garden with around 150 people, enjoying the beauty of a summer’s afternoon whilst raising funds for Christian Aid.

Whilst we have enjoyed a long, hot summer, many communities and countries around the world are facing the dire effects of extreme weather conditions – the most vulnerable are facing drought, flooding and monsoons.

“Fragile lives are uprooted by these natural disasters. I fully endorse the work of Christian Aid as they strive to provide long-term humanitarian assistance to these communities, whilst pushing the government to bring our greenhouse gas emissions target in line with the Paris Agreement."

'We must act now'

“Talking is not enough, we must act now to protect and poorest and most vulnerable.”