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The Right Reverend Dr Christopher Cocksworth, Bishop of Coventry, joined people from Coventry, Warwick, Leamington Spa, Rugby, Nuneaton and Kenilworth this week to launch the start of the 60th Christian Aid Week appeal (14-20 May) – to celebrate where it all began.

It was in Coventry, Warwick and Rugby that the famous Christian Aid Week door-to-door street collections began in 1957.

The Bishop cut a specially made cake at the event where it was revealed organisers are aiming to raise over £105,000 in their communities during the fundraising week to help people living in poverty around the world.   

Throughout Christian Aid Week, the charity is inviting people to join them in standing in solidarity with refugees around the world.  It has been working with refugees since the Second World War, and is not turning its back now.

Today, tens of millions of people across the globe are forced from their homes due to war, conflict and disaster. Many are forced to make life-threateningly dangerous journeys in search of a safe place to call home.  

While the majority of today’s refugees seek sanctuary in poor countries, in 2015 some one million people crossed into Europe. With borders across the continent now closed to refugees, thousands are stranded – and in need of urgent help.

The Bishop of Coventry called on people of all faiths, and none, to “dig deep and respond with generosity to the worlds’ poor” when the iconic red envelope is collected by volunteers between 14th – 20th May 2017. 

He said:

“The Diamond Jubilee of Christian Aid collections is something to celebrate. We may not have diamonds to put in the pot, but the best tribute to this consistent commitment to care for the world in the past, would be for people of every belief and conviction to dig deep to show our passion for those who suffer in our day.’

Christian Aid Week unites over 20,000 churches every year to achieve incredible things to support our global neighbours in need, who are suffering through no fault of their own.  With their support, Christian Aid and its global partners continue to provide support for people seeking a safe place to call home, with essentials including food and shelter, as well as advocating for policies to protect them and help them on the ground.

You can help to change the lives of people fleeing conflict and crisis this Christian Aid Week by donating online at calling 08080 006 006, or texting ‘GIVE’ to 70040 to give £5. 

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