GENEROUS parishioners at Belhelvie Church have raised a staggering £5,380 for a Malawian Hospital - just by cutting out Christmas excesses.
The money was raised as part of the church’s Right Christmas Appeal, which saw proceeds from charitable activities over the festive period donated to the Nkhoma Hospital, which serves some of the world’s poorest people.
The church have previously raised thousands for other good causes through a range of fundraising initiatives including film nights at the nearby Forsyth Hall, quizzes and tea afternoons.
Rev Paul McKeown says parishioners organise low-key events and make cut backs on personal spending on cards, gifts and food each year to boost their fund raising efforts. In the past five years their Right Christmas Appeal has raised over £30,000 for local and international charities and helped people celebrate Christmas without going over the top. He added that, given the significance of Christmas and its origins, where the proceeds would go was very appropriate.
“It’s great that even in the middle of a recession, folk have seen the bigger picture and continued to support Right Christmas so we can give a gift of money to a community who really needs it,” he said. “At this time of year, when we celebrate the birth of a newborn baby, it’s especially appropriate that the funds will go to help the work of the maternity unit at Nkhoma Hospital in Malawi.”