Christian Aid at St Andrew’s and St George’s West – the story so far
Since it started in 1974 the Sale has raised over £2m for Christian Aid’s work to end poverty. For nearly 50 years over 500 volunteer helpers from Edinburgh and beyond have worked together to create the biggest fundraising event in the UK for Christian Aid.
Pre COVID the Sale was held annually in Christian Aid Week in May when thousands of churches and individuals throughout the UK devote the week to fundraising for Christian Aid to tackle poverty, and the causes of poverty, throughout the world. We also hold an Autumn Art Sale with Scottish Books.
In 2020 lockdown restrictions cancelled the annual May sale at St Andrew’s and St George’s West but a brief window of easing allowed the autumn Art Sale to go ahead with appropriate hygiene and social distancing measures. In 2021 a mini-sale of jigsaws, toys and games and popular paperbacks is planned in May. Find details here
You can read the story of the 2019 sale in An Atlas from Antwerp – quite a large (3.3MB) file online here – or pick up a hard copy at the church. Thanks to your generosity we were able to hand a cheque for £95,000 to Christian aid in June. In October 2019 the Autumn Sale of Pictures and Scottish Books and plus a coffee morning and gift/jewellery sale raised a further £10,000, bringing our total giving to Christian Aid in 2019 to £105,000.
Patron John Byrne generously donated a self portrait to the sale – sold by silent auction on the first day.
Thanks to everyone who came, who donated, who bought and who helped at the 2017 May Christian Aid Sale at St Andrew’s and St George’s West. On 25 June 2o17 we were able to hand over a cheque for £90,000 to Sally Foster Fulton, head of Christian Aid Scotland.
Holding Fast tells the story of this year’s sale – you can read it online here.
The Sale of Pictures and Scottish Books took place from 26-28 October 2017, and raised over £13,000.
Thanks to everyone who made 2016 our most successful year every financially, with a total of £141,000 going to Christian Aid. Read some background in the Evening News
The 2016 catalogue of rare books includes Memoirs of Lady Hester Stanhope published in London in 1846; Alexander Campbell’s A Journey through Parts of North Britain with 44 engravings.
You can read the full 2016 catalogue online here.
Thanks to everybody who helped us raise £105,000 for Christian Aid at our May 2015 Sale. On 14 June Professor Jeanne Bell presented the cheque to Kathy Galloway, Head of Christian Aid Scotland, on behalf of all involved in the sale. Following the Art Sale and Coffee Morning in November we were able to send a further £15,000 to Christian Aid, making a total of £120,000 for 2015.