Many thanks

ON behalf of Mrs Thelma Pallas and myself, organisers of Alnwick area Christian Aid Collection 2011, I would like to offer our sincere and heartfelt thanks to all who gave generously and those who collected money during this year’s Christian Aid week.

The amount collected was £3,995.25.

Christian Aid is one of the main relief and aid societies in the United Kingdom and depends on the support of the local community to help others.

The money goes not only to the relief of those in need, but to the building up of communities blighted by disease, drought, war and oppression.

Rev Martin Gillham,

Rock Village,

Alnwick

l COULD I express my sincere thanks to all those who worked so hard to try to make our event a success for the Rothbury village lights, especially Diane Shaw for the excellent performance of Motown and soul music.

We had raffle prizes from the official website of Elton John (numerous items), Sunderland AFC, Cragside and the Newcastle House Hotel, plus from a number of private residents of Rothbury.

We had tremendous support from the Queen’s Head Hotel, Phillips Newsagents and the Coquetvale Hotel for the kind donation of the complimentary accommodation for the artists, plus we’d like to thank all the local outlets who not only put up posters, but tried to sell tickets for us.

The only thing that was missing was people – 26 people had a very intimate evening of music and dance and all agreed it had been a very special night.

Robin Murray,

Rothbury Community Lights

l MAY I use your columns to express our thanks to all who contributed to Christian Aid Week in Warkworth and Acklington last month?

Last year, the proceeds were down but the 2011 collection recovered all the lost ground and forged ahead to an all-time record result, up 18 per cent on last year. The house-to-house and the coffee morning enabled us to send Christian Aid £2,617.

Christian Aid encourages people to Gift Aid their donation. This means that Christian Aid can reclaim the tax that the person has paid; at the moment that means for every £1 donated through Gift Aid, Christian Aid receives an extra 25p.

For our area, that means another £285, bringing the value of our gifts to over £2,900.

This means some of the world’s poorest people will have an opportunity to escape from poverty.

Paddy

Conway,

On behalf of Warkworth and Acklington Christian Aid Group