Congratulations and huge thanks to everyone who helped in any way; this year’s appeal has achieved a fantastic result. Readers of the weekly bulletin at St Mary’s will already know that with the Whit-Funday Afternoon Tea and Mike Venables’ sponsored bike ride to Chester Cathedral, we raised £1,978.00 for Christian Aid this year, but we’re pleased to announce that a couple of late donations have boosted the final total to £2,008.00.
About 60 people attended the Whit-Funday Tea, taking advantage of the fine weather to enjoy some well-earned relaxation and “down time” in the garden after all the work involved in the May Fair. Thanks must go to the team involved in setting up the marquee and the gazebos and preparing and serving the mountains of sandwiches & cakes and pouring tea from Pam’s fabulous big teapot. Everyone was able to let off steam by hurling soaking sponges at Canon Chris, who was at least suitably attired for the occasion in wetsuit and Christian Aid tee-shirt.
The tea, the raffle, the “Guess the weight of the cake” (a beautiful Dundee cake made by Dorothy Asbury and won by Howard Davies), the “Soak the Vicar” and the generous donations made £800, that sum itself being more than traditional collections have raised in previous years.
Mike Venables’ cycle ride to Chester the following Wednesday lifted our efforts to another level, so more thanks must go to Mike himself and to his generous supporters. Mike and Pam had contacted friends all over the country as well as here in Mid Cheshire, so the £1,208.00 brought donations together from all over the country.
The day was sunny and bright and Mike was waved off from Saint Mary’s by his host of fans, the Crafty Coffee ladies. He took the country lanes, through Little Budworth, Utkinton, Waverton & Christleton, taking photos along the way to prove he wasn’t cheating! He arrived at the Cathedral at about 1.45 and after the obligatory photos to witness the feat, he got back on his bike and pedalled off – to the station at Chester to get the train home!
According to Mike, there is no nicer way to spend the day. When thanked for his efforts, he echoed the thoughts of us all, saying, “It’s always rewarding and enjoyable to pull together as a team in the community.”