Christian Aid

Christian Aid insist that everyone should be able to live a full life, free from poverty. It works with people of all faiths and none, never giving money to governments and is the official development agency of 41 church denominations in Britain and Ireland.

During Christian Aid Week volunteers from our church, and other churches in the area, deliver and collect Christian Aid Week envelopes to houses in Westbury-on- Trym and Stoke Bishop. Over £140,000 has been collected in this way since 2004. Holy Trinity raised a splendid £2,246.67  in Christian Aid Week in 2018, a 16% rise on 2017.

Christian Aid Week: ‘All mums should live’

Jebbeh Konneh is heavily pregnant. Her sister recently died in childbirth and Jebbeh fears she may be next: ‘I’m afraid. I pray, when that day comes, God will help me to deliver safely, so that I can have a bouncing baby and I’ll be healthy.’ Photograph: Christian Aid/Tom Pilston

Sierra Leone is the world’s most dangerous place to become a mum. Every day 10 women die from giving birth. In Sawula district, the community struggle with a clinic which has no electricity and only two delivery beds.

Jebbeh is heavily pregnant but as her baby grows, it’s not joy that fills her heart, but fear. When Jebbeh’s sister Fatmata went in to labour, there were so few ambulances that Fatmata had no choice but to walk for three hours under the baking sun, to the nearest hospital. The journey was long and with every step Fatmata struggled to keep walking.

Jebbeh told us: ‘My sister was crying out with hunger. She died on the side of the road. She never gave birth.’

This Christian Aid Week, together, we can make childbirth safe for mums and babies. Through our gifts and prayers, we can help give the world’s poorest mums a chance to live.

Stand with mums

This Christian Aid Week, 12-18 May, our church will again be supporting our regular House to House collection along with our partner churches, the Methodist Church, the Baptist Church and St Mary’s Stoke Bishop. At Holy Trinity we do not cover every road in our ‘patch’, the village side of Falcondale Road so we always need more collectors, as well as counters to count the proceeds on Monday 20th May, and bakers to bake fantastic cakes as usual for the Christian Aid Cake Stall at the Community Fair on Saturday 11 May, and volunteers to sell the cakes on the stall.

Will you be a partner for change? For every £300, we could help provide a new delivery bed so more mums like Jebbeh can deliver their babies safely.

Speak to Ken Pattison, or the clergy or churchwardens today and join us so women like Jebbeh can celebrate more happy birth days.

Go to www.christianaid.org.uk for more information.

The group needs volunteers to help during Christian Aid Week, from 12th – 18th May 2019, delivering envelopes and collecting donations from as many houses as you feel able. Please contact Ken Pattison – 968 1485, 07711 521 462, kenandjo@pattisonfamily.co.uk