‘Record-breaking’ year for Lent lunches

Dear Lent lunches teams,

It is my pleasure to write and thank you and your team for all the efforts for this year’s Lent Lunches for Christian Aid. The six weeks of soup lunches were an extraordinary success, both in terms of the money raised, the atmosphere and the example of Christians working together.

Just in financial terms, this was a record-breaking year. The total for the lunches, sales tables, donations and quizzes was an outstanding £4973.64 after expenses. This compares with £4347.37 for the comparable total last year, so over £625 more than 2014. The quizzes and donations deserve a special mention. As well as the quizzes sold at the lunches, £205 was raised by quizzes sold elsewhere including shops and churches. We had 122 entries returned.  Donations this year were  £258  vs £86  last year.

With the money from Count your Blessings paid in locally we will have raised over £5000 for Christian Aid’s important work.  I expressed how much money we had raised on the last Friday in terms of mobile health clinics in Kenya. We have raised enough money for 44 clinics.  Well done and thank you.

It was very good to see the St John’s church hall busy and there were some weeks with big queues down the hall.  We don’t have records on numbers but a very full hall is good to see.  One of the things I am always struck by at Lent lunches is the sense of Christian community both in the teams working together but also the fellowship over a bowl of soup. These things have tremendous value.

I would like to formally record my thanks to Jenny Lawson, Margaret Morton and the members of the Christian Aid committee who helped week by week to enable things to run smoothly.

As you may know this is a special year for Christian Aid marking 70 years of responding to people’s needs. As well as Christian Aid week in May, we are holding some special events locally the first of which is a town band concert on Saturday 2

The first Christian Aid Lent lunch of the Easter period in the church hall.

The first Christian Aid Lent lunch of the Easter period in the church hall.

May 7:30pm in St George’s Church. The concert is free and all are welcome. There will be a chance to hear more about Christian Aid week and to make a donation.

Please pass on my thanks to all your team,

God Bless,

Alison Wright

Convenor Dumfries and District Christian Aid committee