The people of St. Martin’s regard it as an integral
part of their Christian faith and duty to be aware of the needs of others,
especially those in poor, underdeveloped or disaster-struck countries which are
unable to help themselves.

The charity “Christian Aid” specifically works in such
countries, and looks to the Church in more affluent parts of the world for the
support and fundraising they need.
Every May, in Christian Aid Week, groups of people from
St. Martin’s go from house to house in our parish, delivering Christian Aid
envelopes through letter-boxes. A few days later, the same people return to

collect the envelopes, hoping that they will have been filled with donations.

At the end of May 2018, St. Martin's had raised £3,650.00 for Christian Aid this year.  Here you see Father Gorran, the Parish Priest, presenting the cheque to Mr. Steven Turnbull, who is our parish co-ordinator for the charity "Christian Aid"

Two intrepid collectors on the house-to-house collection in May

More of our parish team of collectors

The house-to-house collection in May 2018 brought in £1,855.00 of the total funds we raised.

During the Sundays in May, St. Martin’s raises additional funds for Christian Aid, by having a retiring collection after each of the Church services. During the Sundays of May 2018, these retiring collections brought in a further £350.00 towards the total sum we raised.

During Lent, The Vicar gives away a (free!) tube of Smarties to every member of the Church. 

People are asked to eat the Smarties, and then to bring the tube back filled with cash. 

1p and 20p pieces fit the tubes well - £1.00 coins fit the tubes even better! 

Best of all, some tubes are returned containing rolled-up notes or cheques.

In 2018, £350.00 of the total we raised for Christian Aid, came from the Smartie Tubes.

The Vicar is shown here, receiving some of the Christian Aid envelopes.

The Jumble Sale, which we hold each year on the last Saturday in April, is one of our earlier annual events held in aid of Christian Aid.

The 2018 sale raised £425.00 for Christian Aid, which was comprised of £375.00 on the day, and £50.00 the following week, from selling on our remaindered stock.

Prior to Easter, during the season of Lent, we hold the first of our annual efforts for Christian Aid, through a Friday lunch held at The Vicarage. This consists of a frugal but ample meal of soup, rolls, butter, cheese, fruit and tea-or-coffee. The menu is meant to remind us that what would be considered a small meal in this country, would be a feast for many of the people we are trying to help. The lunch is provided free of charge by The Vicar, and those who attend it are invited to make a donation roughly equivalent to what they would have spent on their main meal that day.

In 2018, the Lent Lunches raised £670.00 of our total money raised for Christian Aid.

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