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Christmas Appeal Raises over £5,000 for charities

Also church pledges £25,000 to St. Mary's Convent Appeal and the dates for the Bedford Park Festival are announced

Anna Broke (13)

An Advent calendar created by 24 children at St Michael & All Angels Church in Chiswick has helped raise more than £5,000 for charity. They all drew pictures for the calendar, which were used to publicise the St Michael's Christmas Appeal and its Christmas services.

The pictures were displayed in three ways: on the internet at , on a giant 6-foot-high Advent Calendar in the church itself, and in the windows of traders in Turnham Green Terrace, W4.

This week the vicar of St Michael's, Father Kevin Morris, announced that the Appeal had raised £5,234.

Eleanor Douglas (11)

The money will be divided between four charities: St Mary's Convent & Nursing Home, Chiswick; St Luke's Hospital, Milo, in Tanzania; the Evangelical School in Ramallah, Palestine; and Save the Children.

"It's a magnificent achievement and we're grateful to everyone who contributed" he said. "They include the hundreds of people who came to our Christmas services, the children who drew the pictures, our carol singers who raised money at the tube station, and the businesses in Turnham Green Terrace."

Josie Thum (7)

Two local estate agents, Fletcher Estates and Faron Sutaria, pledged major donations and Indigo Delicafe in the Terrace held a raffle which raised almost £100 for the Appeal. In addition, St Michael's Children's Church raised more than £100 with an Advent cake sale in aid of Save the Children.

Father Morris also announced that St Michael's is to dedicate most of its fund-raising this year to St Mary's Convent in Chiswick, which faces closure unless it can raise £1.7 million for rebuilding, to meet new Government care home regulations.

William Bickley (7)

"Last year we completed our own Parish Hall Appeal and it's time we raised more money for others" he said. "We've pledged to raise £25,000 for St Mary's Convent this year, most of which will come from our annual Green Days Fete and Bedford Park Festival this summer."

This year's Festival will run from Saturday June 7th to Sunday June 22nd, starting with the Green Days Fete on June 7th and 8th. Events will include the annual Bedford Park Summer Exhibition, the children's musical, the Open Gardens and the Festival Mass. The full programme will be published nearer the time

January 25, 2003

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