Former Archbishop of Canterbury presents long service awards to Sheffield Christian Aid volunteers

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams awards two Diamond Awards to Janet Else and Hedley Siddall from Sheffield
Former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams awards two Diamond Awards to Janet Else and Hedley Siddall from Sheffield
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Dedicated volunteers who help an annual Christian Aid fundraising drive in Sheffield have received an award from the former Archbishop of Canterbury.

Dr Rowan Williams presided over a service at Sheffield Cathedral to formally launched Christian Aid Week 2017.

He also awarded two Diamond Awards to Janet Else, from Lodge Moor, and Hedley Siddall, from Gleadless, who have both supported the Sheffield Christian Aid Walking Committee for more than 25 years.

The May Day Trek and Night Hike have raised more than £250,000 in the past 20 years.

As Christian Aid marks 60 years of its annual fundraising drive, Christian Aid Week, the charity is celebrating the dedication of its supporters by awarding Diamond Awards across the UK.

Every May, thousands of supporters take the streets – for door-to-door collections, bake sales, sponsored walks, abseils, among many other events – to raise money to support people around the world living in poverty.

After receiving her award, Mrs Else said: "I’m delighted to receive this award from Dr Williams.

"I was first involved with Christian Aid Walks over 25 years ago and my passion to raise money comes as we have so much in this country and others have nothing in countries where there is war, famine disasters’

Regional coordinator Paul Furbey said: “Without the dedication of our supporters year on year, like Janet and Hedley, we wouldn’t be able to do the work that we do, including providing security and comfort for refugees around the world, advocating for policies that protect them and helping them find a safe place to call home."

To donate to Christian Aid Week by donating online at www.caweek.org calling 08080 006 006, or texting ‘GIVE’ to 70040 to give £5.