Christian Aid week events well supported

MAYOR and Mayoress Robin and Val Potter declare the market open with organiser Tony Boyden

CHRISTIAN Aid Week events in Dorchester and Weymouth are expected to raise thousands of pounds for the charity.

On Wednesday the county town saw a Christian Aid Market and coffee morning in the United Church, opened by Mayor and Mayoress Robin and Val Potter, helped by local organiser Tony Boyden.

Around a dozen stalls selling everything from jewellery to homemade preserves and even video tapes helped swell funds for the charity – while the kitchen was kept busy with demands for teas, coffee and cakes.

In Weymouth the Bay Methodist Church hosted a Christian Aid Brekkie event – fighting poverty with porridge –  as the slogan outside the church said.

Helpers in the kitchen were as busy as their counterparts in Dorchester serving  up bacon and sausage butties as well as other breakfast fare.

Around 50 people attended the event, which also included a bric-a-brac stall.

Weymouth organiser Jackie Thomas said she was delighted with the turn-out, considering the rain.

“We do get good support from the churches in Weymouth and people generally, but could always do with a few more helpers,” said Jackie who said that a lack of volunteers had meant the end of house to house collections in some parts of the borough.

Weymouth also held a Christian Ai service on Sunday at the Weymouth Bay Methodist Church which was followed by a soup lunch to help add even further to Christian Aid funds.

HELPERS Joan Cansdale (right) with organiser Jackie Thomas (left) and Esme Philp
HELPERS Joan Cansdale (right) with organiser Jackie Thomas (left) and Esme Philp