Christian Aid was founded by the churches of Britain and Ireland as Christian Reconstruction in Europe in the aftermath of World War Two with the aim of doing everything possible to help European refugees who had lost everything. The name changed to Christian Aid in 1964 as a recognition of the success of Christian Aid Week, which has taken place every year since 1957.
Today Christian Aid works globally to eradicate the causes of poverty with the aim of achieving equality, dignity and freedom for all regardless of faith or nationality. Christian Aid provides urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root causes.
At Crown Court we support Christian Aid mainly through fund raising. During Christian Aid Week we take to London’s tube and mainline stations and collect from commuters as they arrive for and leave from work. In December we sing carols under the tree in Trafalgar Square while collecting from late night Christmas shoppers and passers-by.
From time to time members and friends of the congregation undertake special fund raising efforts in support of Christian Aid. As an example of this, last year John Chestnut and Andrew Service spent four months cycling the 4,112 miles from Seattle, Washington to Jacksonville, Florida. This mammoth effort succeeded in raising the sum of £4,582 for Christian Aid.