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Link to Hope

Coatdyke Congregational Church has been supporting the Link to Hope charity since 1992. Our main contribution is to the annual Christmas Shoebox Appeal and each year the congregation donate over 100 shoeboxes and money to this worthy cause.

Shoebox Appeal at Christmas

The Family Shoeboxes of gifts are given to families in Eastern Europe who often have to make a choice between buying food or fuel at Christmas time – buying presents is just not a priority. Many of these families do not have running water, heating or electricity. Some live in appalling conditions, often living in just one or two rooms, and life for them is a real struggle to survive.

Moldova to Ukraine Cycle Challenge 2014

Over the years, Coatdyke Congregational Church has assisted with financial donations to Link to Hope. In 2014, the congregation decided to have a special fund-raising event in recognition of the many years of service that had been given to this cause by the late Anne Shaw.

Anne's husband and one of our deacons, Jimmy Shaw, took part in the Moldova to Ukraine Cycle Challenge May 2014. Jimmy completed a sponsored-cycle of 207 miles across Moldova and visited some of the current aid projects along the way.

To assist in this fund-raising initiative, we held a church summer outing that was themed to include a sponsored cycle around Millport and was attended by 140 of the congregation and friends. Additional funding initiatives were also carried out by the pupils of Airdrie Academy and by Jimmy himself.

A total of £3320 was raied by our congregation, friends of our church, the pupils of Airdrie Academy and by Jimmy and his family and friends and we are very grateful to everyone involved for their donations and assistance.

We have a slideshow of Jimmy's cycle across Moldova and a photowall of the themed church outing to Largs and Millport.

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