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Latest news - South West

Local Christian Aid news and supporter stories from Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and the Channel Isles.

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Yeovil - Getting ready for Christian Aid Week!

The Yeovil Christian Aid team get together to sort the envelopes and resources for 40 local churches for Christian Aid Week

Tea at the Ritz – An Idea for Christian Aid Week

Are you looking for an idea for a fundraising event for Christian Aid Week this year?

Yeovil Lent Lunches

Friday Lent lunches are an integral part of the year-round events organised by local churches in Yeovil

A safe place to call home - the exhibition

Want a resource to get your church talking?

Bells for Aleppo

Church bells have been ringing out in a local village in solidarity with the city of Aleppo and those leaving in fear

Tetbury woman runs London Marathon

A local woman from Tetbury is to run the London Marathon in the fight against poverty

Local supporter runs the London marathon

Local runner Richard Yarwood is running the London Marathon in aid of the world's poor

Helen Olley's pilgrimage of hope

Bath woman to walk over 1,600 miles to the Middle East in a pilgrimage of hope

Thank you South West!

Over £48,000 raised for Christian Aid emergency appeals in 2015

Bristol intern Mel Beckerleg travels to Brazil

Intern Mel Beckerleg travels to Brazil in January to visit Christian Aid partners

Calling for Tax Justice booklet now available

13 August 2015: Our new booklet can be used as a series of Bible studies or in a small discussion group. Get yours today!

Truro septuagenarian to tackle seven of Christian Aid's 70 peaks in its 70th year

19 September 2015: marking Christian Aid’s 70th birthday a year after her own, Sue Pettit is making hard work of her celebrations.

'Music at Sunset' in Kingswear

5 August 2015: Supporters in Devon have raised over £800.00 - all while enjoying an evening of wine, cheese and dancing!

Sandown Annual Sponsored Walk 2015

29 July 2015: Isle of Wight supporters raise £570 during Christian Aid Week.

Can you give a few hours of your time?

April 2015: join us this Christian Aid Week and transform the lives of some of the world's poorest people.

Volunteering opportunity in our Bristol office

March 2015: join our friendly South West team as a database volunteer.

Let's Make Tax Fair

It's time everyone paid their taxes – sign our petition if you agree.

Rowan Williams speaks at Bristol climate conference

27 January 2015: sell-out event challenges churches and faith communities to tackle climate change.

Cornish midwife endorses our Christmas appeal

She's asking supporters to help Christian Aid deliver bundles of joy this year!

Barton-on-Sea - our fundraising success of 2014

As the year draws to a close, one group tells us about their fundraising highlight of the year!

Bristol vicar goes over the top in Avon Gorge Abseil

27 November 2014: the Rev Canon Nick Hay sang a nursery rhyme as he made the 100ft descent down the Avon Gorge!

Welcome to our new volunteer intern in Bristol!

Becki Hannam gets set to join the South West team this autumn.

'Couch potato’ clergy tackles cycle challenge for Christian Aid

August 2014: Rev Jeremy Brading surprised even himself by completing a 140-mile cycle ride from Guildford to Weymouth

Campaigning success for Girls' Brigade

8 July 2014: members lobby MP on climate change and tax justice issues.

Tea in the Garden

Barton-on-Sea event raises record sum to support our work.

Devon sisters scale Snowdon

19 June 2014: last year, the Goldsworthy sisters sold ice cream for Christian Aid Week – this year they climbed Snowdon!

Welcome to our new volunteer intern!

Imogen Hardman gets ready to inspire supporters in the South West.

Christian Aid Week success in Bridport

28 May 2014: from cake stalls to Scottish dancing, supporters from Holy Trinity Church had great fun raising over £1,000!

Sandown Bay Sponsored Walk 2014

22 May 2014: Isle of Wight supporters raise £450 during Christian Aid Week.

Jumping for Justice in Cricklade

15 May 2014: supporters in Wiltshire take part in 70ft free-fall abseil at the start of Christian Aid Week.

Bournemouth and Poole sponsored walk

9 May 2015: help fight poverty by joining us for a walk, cycle, skate or scoot along the promenade.

Chandler's Ford gives poverty the boot!

13 May 2014: nine teams battle it out for the title of the first Chandler's Ford Christian Aid football tournament.

Bishop highlights plight of conflict victims

Church leader seeks shelter in shepherd's hut in support of victims of violence.

St Patrick's Day celebrations in Brixham

7 April 2014: Supporters in Brixham raise over £1,000 for Christian Aid.

Food for thought at Bristol Global Aware Conference

Supporters in Bristol and Somerset learn how our food choices have an impact on people and planet.

Vicar goes over the top

27 November 2013: 100ft church tower abseil raises over £2,000 for Christian Aid.

Back from Bolivia

23 October 2013: Bristol coordinator sees hope and challenge in the Amazon

Stepping in the footsteps of St Augustine

27 November 2013: walkers aged six to 76 take part in 11-mile sponsored walk.

Bideford Annual Safari Supper

October 2013: four Bideford churches host Safari Supper for Christian Aid.

Christine's zipwire challenge

September 2013: dare-devil supporter tackles England's longest zipwire to raise money for Christian Aid.

Welcome to Ben, our new volunteer intern

Keen sportsman Ben gets set to join the South West team.

Stephen gears up for Cathedrals to Coast challenge

August 2013: Christian Aid’s Dorset coordinator takes on 140-mile homecoming ride.

Winner of the West region's 2013 Christian Aid Week Quiz announced

1 August 2013: Lily Lock's luck lands her the regional title.

Looking for fundraising inspiration?

July 2013: how one man exceeded his £10,000 fundraising goal with a solo expedition.

The real Brazil

June 2013: the real Brazil comes to Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Christian Aid Week 2013 in Hampshire

June 2013: supporters battle wet weather to celebrate Christian Aid Week in Hampshire!

Now Is The Time

Bringing you an engaging Harvest worship experience.

Wiltshire's bishops complete 172-mile cycle challenge

16 April 2013: bishops abandon mitres and don Lycra to raise funds and show solidarity with Christian Aid supporters across Wiltshire.

Enough food for everyone IF - regional campaign launch

Local agencies and churches met at Bristol City Hall to launch the 'IF' campaign in the South West.

Bristol MP asks PM our taxing question

13 February 2013: Stephen Williams MP (Bristol West) takes our tax justice concerns to the top.

Calling all local preachers

January 2013: volunteering opportunity - calling all local preachers!

Bristol link with Christian Aid's goodwill ambassador on HIV/AIDS

Bristol & Swindon church leaders see the work of Christian Aid's goodwill ambassador on HIV & AIDS in Uganda

Quizaid in Kea raises £398!

11 October 2012: Kea's 2012 Quizaid draws in teams of all ages.

Great reception for the Tax Justice bus

3-7 September 2012: Christian Aid's Tax Justice Tour received an enthusiastic welcome in Bristol, Taunton and Salisbury.

Intrepid cyclist notches up another 1,109 miles

8 August: Jane Hough from Winchester beats ski injury to raise funds for Christian Aid.

Devon schoolgirl runs half marathon

3 August: 10-year-old Chloe Sawbridge from Plymstock inspired to run half marathon by the Good Samaritan.

Something worth walking for!

11 October 2012: latest update on Christian Aid supporter John Wilmut's 1,000 mile walk to help children in the world's poorest countries.

West of England paper quiz 2012

3 July 2012 - Claire and Sheila are winners in the Christian Aid Week West of England paper quiz 2012.

Loretta Minghella wows supporters in Winchester

27 June 2012: Christian Aid's Director, Loretta Minghella, joins a celebration picnic to launch the Poverty Over exhibition at Winchester Cathedral.

Local dignitaries join forces for Newton Abbot walk

22 June 2012: two mayors and a town crier joined forces in May 2012 to start the annual Newton Abbot Christian Aid Week sponsored walk.

An inspiring visitor from Sierra Leone

22 June 2012: Jeanne Kamara from Sierra Leone pays a whirlwind visit to South West England during Christian Aid Week 2012.

Renewal single hits the right note for Christian Aid

19 June 2012 - Bristol's Renewal Choir release their new single, after a show-stopping performance at 'Change the world'.

Faith in Rio: Church's vital role at Rio+20

18 June 2012 - the Bishop of Bath and Wells joins the Secretary of State to highlight the Church's vital role at the Rio+20 Earth Summit 2012.

Hunger for justice

May 2012 - once again this popular supporters' event in the West of England proved to be a success

South West team get out and about

April 2012: from Penzance to Portsmouth and many places in between, we’ve been meeting our supporters.

MP takes action following Christian Aid tax campaign

March 2012 - Wells MP Tessa Munt has raised questions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer about tax haven transparency.

Mevagissey sponsored walk

March 2012: 29 Mevagissey supporters do sponsored laps around the Lost Gardens of Heligan to raise money.

Christian Aid West wins award

March 2012 - Christian Aid West of England takes home silver at the Fairtrade business awards.

We hope you'll 'like' us

March 2012 - why not join Christian Aid West on Facebook and keep up with the latest news and events.

An evening with Loretta Minghella

March 2012: Christian Aid Director inspires supporters to donate over £1000 at Isle of Wight talk.

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