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Christian Aid Week 2019

Christian Aid Week 2019
Christian Aid Week is from 12th – 18th May, and this morning on Abingdon Market Place there was a Christian Aid stall.
Christian Aid Week 2019
They were selling plants, bric-a-brac and books, and had a petition. I believe Christian Aid is one of the last charities to continue – the once common – door to door charity collections. It is a brave thing to do and is for a good cause.
Christian Aid Week 2019
This year’s appeal is to save the life of mums. Christian Aid are looking to build better health centres in Sierra Leone, where mums can deliver their babies safely. The petition asked our Chancellor to push the IMF to drop Sierra Leone’s debt. The country lacks funds for proper health clinics, health training and enough ambulances. This makes it the most dangerous place in the world to become a mum.

2 Comments May 11, 2019

How to heal a broken heart this Valentine’s Day

broken heart
Every February 14th the Abingdon British Heart Foundation (BHF) shop fills its window with red hearts. Each for a small donation.
broken heart
A lot of them are love notes but some of them are about beating heart disease. BHF are looking to mend broken hearts this Valentine’s Day through research such as stem cell heart ‘patches’.

There are also things to stop you heart getting broken in the first place such as not smoking, keeping to a healthy weight, and keep your blood pressure down.

Leave a Comment February 14, 2019

Oxfams in Abingdon’s 50th – reunion

Oxfams in Abingdon's 50th
Oxfam opened their first Abingdon shop in the High Street in 1969. They have been in their current Stert Street shop for over thirty years, after moving from over the road. They would be glad to hear from anybody who has volunteered at any of the three shops to arrange a reunion.

Leave a Comment February 12, 2019

Christian Aid walk

Christian Aid walk
An alternative to the Boundary Walk was the Christian Aid walk from which Jane sent pictures. The sponsored walk started from the Peachcroft Christian Centre, and was well attended. Walkers could either get sponsors before the event or simply turn up and make a donation.
Christian Aid walk
The walk took a route through Sunningwell, and Boars Hill, with refreshments at Bayworth Baptist chapel, and then back to North Abingdon.

Leave a Comment January 2, 2019

Barnardo’s legacy in Abingdon

Barnardos legacy
I don’t know why Barnardo’s don’t get a mention on the information boards, but I have read that in 1974 Bardardo’s gave a strip of land at the town end to Abingdon Town Council to help create the Ock Valley Walk. The Vale District Council owned the adjoining land which allowed the footpath we now know from St Helen’s Court to Drayton Road.
Barnardos legacy
Caldecott House was a Dr Barnardo’s home, housing about 35 boys and girls between 1952 and 1971, and about 35 boys from 1945 to 1952 so the strip of land was left over after the sale of the house, which was demolished to create the St Amand Drive Estate.
Barnardos legacy
Barnardo’s still have a Charity Shop in Abingdon at Peachcroft; and run after school and holiday clubs at Kingfisher School. They could also still run the Summerfield Resource Centre on the Wootton Road.

1 Comment November 7, 2018

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