RESIDENTS and visitors of Lyme Regis can enjoy a cream tea to help challenge global poverty in fundraising events this Christian Aid Week.
The cream tea event will be held on Saturday, May 18 at The Red House in Sidmouth Road (DT7 3ES) to raise funds for Christian Aid, which is this year highlighting issues in Sierra Leone, where ten mums a day die giving birth.
Cream teas will be served from 2.30pm to 5pm and there will also be a cake stall and raffle.
Ann Sargant, the Christian Aid organiser in Lyme Regis, said: “Our cream tea will bring people together, which is what Christian Aid does. It enables us to reach out in solidarity to people across the world who are trapped in poverty.
“Sierra Leone is the most dangerous country in the world to give birth in, by a long margin. It was still recovering from civil war when the Ebola crisis hit. The outbreak killed one in ten health care workers and left the country with significant debt.
“These can seem like impossible situations to tackle – but it is remarkable what can be done when we stand together. Over 20,000 churches take part in Christian Aid Week to support their global neighbour and we are delighted to be part of that movement.
“Do come and join us, it promises to be a most enjoyable event for all!”
Churches across Dorset raised more than £106,000 for Christian Aid week in 2018.
As well as the cream teas, churches in the region will this year have been organising door-to-door collections, hosting big breakfasts and holding a range of other fundraising activities.
Christian Aid is helping remote communities come together to build health clinics as well as training nurses to provide urgent care in communities and improving hygiene, so mothers and babies are more likely to fight off diseases.
At the moment, if there is no clinic in their village, pregnant women in rural Sierra Leone can wait up to eight hours before an ambulance arrives. Others travel to hospital on the back of a hired motorbike, but the poorest have no choice but to walk for hours on foot. Many women and babies do not survive the journey, particularly in the hunger months from May to December when food is scarce.
Christian Aid’s regional co-ordinator for Dorset, Fiona Daborn, said: “Christian Aid Week is an amazing celebration to change the world, through generosity, solidarity and action.
“We are grateful to everyone who is making these events possible. We passionately believe that, when we come together, the almighty power of people can make a world in which dignity, equality and justice is experienced by everyone – and it can be fun at the same time!”
Christian Aid is also inviting supporters to join its campaign to drop Sierra Leone’s debt incurred during its fight against Ebola, in 2014-2016, the worst outbreak of the disease in history. Debt repayments are taking money away from desperately needed improvements to healthcare services.
£60 could buy a starter kit for community health workers, which includes a bicycle, torch, rain coat and rain boots. Just £15 could buy a stethoscope or a bucket of paint for a community health clinic.
To find out how to get involved or to donate, visit caweek.org or call 08080 006 006, or text ‘GIVE’ to 70040 to give £5. Donations will support communities such as those featured and wherever the need is greatest.