St Philip and St James’s church, Grafton Road, Cheltenham, GL50 2DD

Suffolk Street Fair – A Big Thank You to all the volunteers!

Thank you to all who took part in volunteering at the Suffolks Street Fair on Bank Holiday Monday.  It was truly a team effort and by mid-afternoon, a team battle against the elements!  Despite the weather, there were well over 100 balloons given out, with the words ‘South Cheltenham Churches We welcome Refugees’ written in black on a bright yellow background.    We watched them bob in the air, as the children went around the Fair.  People did stop to talk and ask questions and were very supportive: without a single request for money/ donations, we raised £114.66!  Only two people in the entire day were negative.  As well as the general public, the Mayor of Cheltenham and the Conservative candidate for Cheltenham also stopped to speak.  A women trader, at a stall opposite to ours, came over with a donation and said that she was so pleased to see the church joining in community events and especially the project we are undertaking.

 Liz Mitchell

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