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News and views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
Issue 11 Spring 2010

Charities supported by St Mary’s

A recent initiative by St Mary’s Church has been to adopt a different charity each month, raising funds through donations from the congregation and visitors. Charities supported so far include Help for Heroes and Barnardo’s, plus £615 raised for the DEC Haiti Disaster Fund after a special appeal. Forthcoming charities are St Elizabeth Hospice (April), Cedar House Trust (May), Kagera Diocese (June), Mission to Seafarers (July), Home-Start (August) and the East Anglian Children’s Hospice (September). Each charity chosen has been suggested by a member of the congregation, so if you have a favourite charity, please mention it to one of the churchwardens.

A big thank you to all those who have supported our charities so far!

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TWAM container bound for Lusaka: 12 February 2010 with 451 items: tool-kits, computers, three brick-making machines, 35 bicycles and 92 sewing machines to benefit 17 different organisations

Any old irons?

Top prize for originality should go to the Revd Eric Charlesworth for his choice of retirement hobby. Mr Charlesworth, a former curate of St Mary’s from years ago, collects old sewing machines – dozens of them!

But there’s a serious purpose behind his work. The sewing machines are exported to Mozambique, Angola and Zambia, so that grannies can teach young mums sewing! The wonderful charitable organisation involved is Tools with a Mission (TWAM), based in Ipswich.

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In fact, it’s not just sewing machines – TWAM will welcome all sorts of tools and machinery (for a full list, see www.twam.co.uk). At their Ipswich depot, these tools are refurbished to a high standard before export to developing countries, where our surplus cast-offs are regarded as precious treasure. But there’s more to TWAM than that. In such countries, people have few skills, little education and no means of earning a living; to switch from aid-dependency to self-sufficiency is impossible without help. TWAM helps by sending its tools to special vocational and training centres, enabling people to learn a skill and begin to support themselves.

To find out more, see www.twam.co.uk, and to donate tools, contact Bill Dewhurst 01473 210220 or twamhq@twam.co.uk