Coventry Cathedral Abseil

On October 11th some intrepid Christain Aid supporters abseiled down the East wall of Coventry Cathedral. Among them was Louise Prue from Hearsall Baptist Church. Louise organises the Chirstian Aid Week collection at Hearsall Baptist. Louise raised £627 (including gift aid) for Christian Aid. Well done Louise and we're all very glad you managed to avoid Saint Michael's spear!

Christian Aid Week 2015 got off to a great start with a cake sale in the All Souls Parish Room. I think you'll agree it was a very impressive spread. A slice of cake and a cup of tea was just the ticket after the procession and May devotion in the Peace Garden.

Christian Aid Week May 10-16 2015: A Message from the All Souls Coordinator

For thousands of people throughout the country the Christian Aid Week street collection is a way of answering Jesus’ call to help people in need.

 Christian Aid has over 500 partners in the 47 countries in which it works.  Christian Aid Week is the UK’s biggest door to door collection with 300,000 collectors taking part, raising approximately £12.5 million in 2011. It began as the response of the churches in the UK and Ireland to the refugee crisis in Europe at the end of the Second World War.  It now raises around £9 million each year for charitable causes all over the world.  Christian Aid Week takes place in the second week in May each year and last year (2014) we at All Souls raised £887.

Many of you have taken part in the door to door collection in previous years and I hope you will be able to help again next year.  The way it works is this:  if you want to help by being a street collector just put your name, address and telephone number against the street of your choice.  The list of streets is placed in the church porch during April.  The longer streets are divided up so that there are about 60 addresses for each collector.  I will contact you and supply you with a package which will contain the collection envelopes and a pocket guide, which includes the collector’s certificate of authority.  Collectors deliver the envelopes at the beginning of the week and collect them later in the week.  When the collection is completed, you contact me and I shall be responsible for opening, counting and banking the money.

This year's collection could have been even bigger despite the recession. The problem is that not enough people volunteer to collect.  The figure collected above does not include the contribution of the tax man.  By encouraging people to fill out the declaration on the envelope, an additional 25% is added to the collection.  To be a collector you must be 16 or over. This year you can volunteer earlier by emailing me, the Christian Aid coordinator, at the email address on the contact us page.

Please don’t leave it until the last minute to put your name down; we never have enough collectors even though some fine people collect from more than one street!

Please join us in helping some of the world’s poorest people.

John Corroon

Click here for a pdf of the Excel spreadsheet of the Coventry Streets that Christian Aid currently collects from


Christian Aid 2014