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Christian Aid Week Sale 'Not Possible' This Year

Thursday April 18 2024


The famous Christian Aid Week sale at the former St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church in Edinburgh will not take place this year, it has been announced.

Instead the church, now called The New Town Church of Scotland following a union with Greenside Church, has announced two events: a reception for supporters in May, followed by an autumn sale in October.

The Christian Aid Week sale, which began as a single table of books in 1973, has grown into one of the largest charitable sales in the country, completely taking over the church’s sanctuary and much of the pavement outside each year. In 50 years, over £3 million (the equivalent of £5 million today) has been raised.

In a letter to supporters George Burgess, convener of the church’s Christian Aid Steering Group, said the sale would not be possible this year ‘for various reasons’, but said there was ‘unwavering commitment and abounding goodwill’.

The reception for supporters on Thursday May 16 from 4-8pm is for members, helpers and friends, who are also invited to bring along anyone who may be willing to help in the future. Val Brown, Head of Christian Aid Scotland, will join the gathering and give a talk about the charity’s current projects at 5pm.

The main event planned for this year is now the annual autumn sale, from October 17-19. Further details will be announced about this nearer the time.


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