CHRISTIAN Aid supporters raised almost £600 at a cream tea event in Lyme Regis last weekend.
Hosted by Becky and Mark Lewis at their home in Sidmouth Road, the ladies of St Michael’s Parish Church served cream teas to 60 or more visitors throughout the afternoon.
Funds were further boosted by a successful street collection in Lyme Regis on Saturday, which raised £167, and at a coffee morning hosted by Lyme Regis resident Betty Wood.
This year, funds raised during Christian Aid Week will be used to provide appropriate facilities for mothers in different parts of the world, including Sierra Leone, to have a safe health clinic nearby when they give birth.
Many mothers still die in childbirth in some parts of the world, maybe because they have too far to walk (two hours or more) to get to medical care when birth is imminent, or that there are inadequate facilities when they do arrive.
Last year, Christian Aid Week in Dorset raised £106,000 which could have paid to install solar panels on 43 clinics in rural Sierra Leone, meaning that instead of delivering babies by torchlight, nurses would have had efficient light to do their work with the mums and babies.
For more information on the work of Christian Aid, visit www.christianaid.org.uk