Offering a helping hand

A competition-winning north Northumberland church is using the prize money to help underprivileged overseas communities.

Last year, St Mark’s United Reformed Church, on Wellwood Street, in Amble, took joint first place in a synod-wide sunflower competition.

On the back of receiving the cash prize, the church is putting the money towards two worthwhile projects.

The first is to help with the building and staffing of a nursery school in Kenya.

The second is a project called 3T in Bangladesh, where school teachers and pupils train local people to be teachers in a wider area.

More than 3,000 people have been helped through the important scheme so far.

St Mark’s secretary, Sue Swanston, said: “Both of these projects are ongoing and will need our support for some time to come.

“We have already sent £500 to Kenya.

“On top of this, £500 will be on its way to Bangladesh as soon as we can sort out the vexed banking arrangement over there.”