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Turning blue to help tackle child poverty overseas

Parishioners in the Taff Bargoed Valley have linked up with a child poverty charity to sponsor children overseas.

Members of St Matthias’ Church, Treharris and St John’s Church, Nelson have raised £1,000 from a series of coffee mornings – with one churchgoer Ann Savage-Lewis adding another £1,000 after being sponsored to dye her hair blue!

All money raised by the Parish of Treharris, Trelewis, Bedlinog and Llanfabon has gone to Compassion UK in a new partnership linking with a Child Survival Programme in Haiti.

Priest-in-charge, the Revd Gareth Coombes said the monthly coffee mornings and raffles had helped strengthen links between the two churches as well as raise money for charity.

The Child Survival Programme supported by Compassion UK in Haiti provides support to mums in pregnancy through the local church and for mums and their young children in their early years.

Ann, 72, a retired shepherd and former school teacher, said, “I wanted to do something different to support the fundraising and decided to dye my hair blue as blue is the Compassion colour.”

Pictures show

  1. (left to right) Simon Shaw, parish treasurer; Ann Savage-Lewis, Fr Gareth Coombes and Lynne Farr, parish warden
  2. Ann with blue hair