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Mandy Stewart

After a COVID hiatus the Christian Aid plant sale returned this year and I was delighted to see so many familiar and new faces support this fundraising event.

After a rather fraught day on Friday with the discovery that no plants were indeed ordered for the sale the next day a speedy call was made to McLarens Nurseries . They very gratefully came to my rescue and after a mad dash to the nursery, plants were picked and loaded however they couldn’t deliver on the Friday but on the Saturday morning….argh more stress but thanks to the most marvellous helpers all plants were offloaded, priced and displayed by 09:55 leaving 5 minutes to pull myself together.

Massive thanks to Susan and Laurence Fraser, Violet, Irene Graham, Bill Jenkins, John Revill, Sue Watson and special thanks to John Dawson who helped me lay the protective floor covering but who was also a massive support to me on the Friday. 

Thank you to everyone who bought a plant, I hope they are all growing well and looking wonderful in your gardens. 

The Elders coffee morning also made a welcome return and was a great success. The new format of a strawberry cream tea seemed to be very much enjoyed. Special thanks to Celine Watson for her wonderful scones and Elizabeth Harris for all her hard work in the kitchen. Huge thanks to Shona Clark an amazing organiser and to all the following helpers, Christina Shafi, Isabel Alexander, Kathleen Revill, Marje Gillies, and of course a huge thanks to Marie for all her help in setting up. I really do hope I haven’t missed anyone as all help is so greatly appreciated.

The Big Breakfast also returned this year and although we couldn’t offer the usual buffet as we had in previous years we still had some very tasty rolls and sausage. It really felt like a taste of normality with a very busy and I have to say happy church hall full of folk enjoying being together, coming together to worship while also raising money for Christian Aid.  It was a joyful experience.

The total raised for Christian Aid 2022 was £2765.05 exc. Gift Aid a wonderful total thank you all so much for your support and generosity.

This year I along with two other friends walked the last part of the Camino De Santiago. It was a memorable and amazing experience and I would like to thank all those that supported me.  £1170 was  raised for Christian Aid.

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