Churches in Matlock and Tansley take on several charity challenges despite the current lockdown

A group of local churches have been carrying out a number of charity challenges this week to raise funds for Christian Aid.

The Churches involved are Tansley Methodist Church, Matlock Methodist & United Reformed Church, Holy Trinity Church, Tansley, Holloway Methodist Church and Matlock Moor Methodist Church.

Mike Haynes, 58 year old and lifetime non-runner, is jogging 100 laps cumulative around a football field near his home with daily runs between 6pm & 7pm this week. Mike has raised over £600 so far and has bust his initial target of £250, now hoping to reach £1000.

He says Christians there are also preparing to help local key workers: "Our church are soon to donate some chocolates and sweets to the carers in the care homes in Matlock. We recognise it's not just the NHS in the front line.

"I'm also a lifetime non-runner so it's quite a challenge for me. I'm doing 16 laps an evening, which is three miles each day, which is tricky."


Rev Colin Smith, who celebrates his birthday on this coming Saturday, is 73 and on Tuesday completed a walking marathon in his garden, which took him 11 hours.  Colin has raised over £1300 so far and is expecting to reach his target of £1500. www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tansleychristianaid2020

Roanna Pilsbury, Alison's daughter, has written and published on line The Rainbow Spirit a story book for Christian Aid Week.  Roanna has raised £115 so far and has beaten her £100 target. www.justgiving.com/fundraising/therainbowspirit

Alison Dowsett has been taking photographs of flowers around Matlock on her daily exercise walks and is targetting 100 images of different flowers posted on social media.  Alison has raised £229 so far and has surpassed her target of £150.

Rachel Barclay & Elspeth Haynes have also raised a further £100 with a social media video posting challenge and crafting crochet rainbow hair grips and other items for sale.

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