Most charities are struggling to meet their commitments to overseas charities with fundraising events cancelled here in UK. Medical facilities in remoter places are facing extreme challenges preparing for the arrival of Corona virus.

Christian Aid week in its usual form has been cancelled but we are working on alternative plans that will allow people to take part in Christian Aid Week in different, creative ways – by post, by text and online that strengthen our communities during this challenging time. Ideas welcome and watch this space . It is important to fund CAid as it has great experience through the Ebola virus work. In the meantime we can donate to Christian Aid Donations.

Small overseas medical organisations will be most at risk and need funds to be prepared for the arrival of covid19. So individual donations will be desperately needed. Bwindi Hospital in Uganda, Ceri Gallivan’s home for 3 years, is particularly in my thoughts, to donate visit their website.

My own charity Phaseworldwide, working in rural health posts in Nepal has cancelled all its UK fundraising events BUT very fortunately we have a Radio 4 broadcast appeal by Kate Humble on Thursday April 9th at 3.25pm, or you can listen again here – please spread the word.

Details about our current activities and the individual charities we are supporting can be found in the St Mark’s Annual Report which is issued each April.

If you would like to join the group, help us on an occasional basis, suggest a project for the International Group to consider, or are seeking further information, please get in touch with the facilitator of our group Dilys Noble dilysnoble@hotmail.co.uk or Shan Rush Shan@stmarkssheffield.co.uk