Despite the ‘credit crunch’, the people of Upper Stratton have given a record amount of money to this year’s Christian Aid collection in the area.

Volunteers from Upper Stratton Baptist Church (USBC) delivered envelopes to about 4000 homes in the area, hoping to get about 20% of them back and to raise about £900 for Christian Aid’s work across the world. In fact, nearly 35% of homes contributed and over £1000 was raised – an increase of 12% on last year, despite the widely reported predictions of reduced giving to charities due to the difficult economic climate. In recent months, charities across the country have reported a downturn in income as people struggle to make ends meet.

“We want to say a huge ‘thank you’ to the generous people of Upper Stratton” said a spokesman for the church, “their generosity will make a real difference in the lives of literally hundreds of people.”

More information about the work of USBC can be found at and more about Christian Aid, whose campaign slogan is ‘Poverty – let’s end it’, is at