60,000 envelopes heading to city homes for Christian Aid Week

Asha Biswas (28) and her husband Sonnashi (32) have received support and training from Christian Aid partner Shushilan to rear crabs, as well as 'cash for work' after Cyclone Aila destroyed their pond and house in 2009.
Asha Biswas (28) and her husband Sonnashi (32) have received support and training from Christian Aid partner Shushilan to rear crabs, as well as 'cash for work' after Cyclone Aila destroyed their pond and house in 2009.

MORE than 1,500 Sheffield volunteers will take to the streets over the next few days to deliver Christian Aid donation envelopes across the city.

The team, the most successful in Yorkshire, plan to deliver 60,000 envelopes in time for Christian Aid Week, which runs next week, May 13 to 19.

Last year they raised more than £65,000 for Christian Aid projects in Bangladesh and elsewhere in the poorest parts of the world.

Alison Trezise, vice chair of the Sheffield Christian Aid committee, said: “There has been a long tradition in Sheffield of generously giving money.

“We have big team of volunteers who have been getting out and supporting Christian Aid week for years and I think our success is down to them.”

Another 900 volunteers are also springing into action in the rest of South Yorkshire, with a further 55,000 envelopes to be delivered and collected in and around Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster.

The fundraisers have also organised a raft of events, including lunches, supermarket collections, coffee mornings, bring and buy sales and pub quizzes.

Today hundreds of walkers, including the Bishop of Hallam John Rawsthorne, are lacing up their walking boots for the Sheffield May Day Trek from Bolsterstone.

On Saturday, musicians will gather in Barker’s Pool between 10.30am and 3.30pm for the popular annual Busk Aid event.

And on Sunday, St Mary’s Church on Bramall Lane is holding a ‘Lazy Sunday’ from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

During the day, people can get their breakfast, lunch and tea in return for a donation.