Three supermarkets have recently got behind Colburn church's fund raising efforts for a drop in centre and church roof appeal.
First, customers at the local Co-op voted for St Cuthbert’s Drop in centre and a donation for more than £1400 arrived from the Co-op supermarket. (Pictured is the presentation event)
Then two more supermarkets made donations as the church held its first ever Burns Night at St Cuthbert's Community Hall.
“Tescos kindly donated almost all the vegetables”, said the Revd Andrew Cromarty. “Then LIDL donated nearly £100-worth of fresh raspberries, cream, coffee, etc - quite overwhelming!
“I've tweeted our thanks, and had nice replies.”
Around 50 people attended Burns Night and raised £350 for the new St Cuthbert's Roof Appeal. Among them were Diocesan Development Officer, the Revd Uell Kennedy and his wife Jeannie. Uell acted as MC for the evening addressing the haggis, giving the Toast to the Immortal Memory, and calling the dancing, which followed in the church itself.
“We had an excellent young piper from the Garrison, Finlay Macaulay”, said Andrew. “He serenaded guests as they arrived, piped in the haggis and played for the first of the dances.
“Guests received a printed Bill o'Fare, were treated to a good three-course meal (for which I peeled and chopped the 25lb of potatoes and the 15lb of swedes myself!), with coffee and chocolates to finish, for only £10/head”.