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Save the Children at 100

Save the Children
Save the Children has had 100 years of fund raising, caring and campaigning for underprivileged children and the Abingdon volunteers were in the town centre yesterday.
Save the Children
Yesterday morning, in Abingdon, volunteers moved their stall underneath the County Hall as it was raining. They had a tombola and were selling plants and cakes and had second hand goods. Their quiz is also on sale for £2.

In 2019, among many other causes, Save the Children are helping children return to school following the damage of Typhoon Tembin in the Philippines.
Save the Children
Back in 1919, Europe was still being blockaded and that meant children were starving and there were not enough medical supplies. The founders campaigned to make people aware of the blockade. They then set up a fund to get supplies to the children.

You can find more about Save the Children’s history here. (Thankyou to the British Newspaper Archives for the advert from the Bucks Examiner of  30th May 1919).

Leave a Comment June 9, 2019

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

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