PURTON churchgoers gathered to enjoy a big charity brekkie in a stand against poverty.

Together they raised £410 for the people of Haiti whose homes were hit by a hurricane.

The event was part of Christian Aid Week which this year is highlighting the plight of 40 million people displaced within their own countries. Attendees of the Purton Church raised the money to raise awareness of those who lack the official recognition afforded to refugees who cross national borders.

Libbie Sheppard of Purton Churches Together said: “Purton is an exceptional village, very very generous, and I would just like to say a big thank you to all who took part, both the helpers and the breakfasters, to make a difference for the displaced people of the world, the many who have lost their homes like the 1.5 million in Haiti who were made homeless instantly by the earthquake in 2010.

“25,000 of them are still living in tents and they all then faced Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Christian Aid can provide new homes which stand up to the storms.”

Nigel Quarrell, former head of Christian Aid South West, presented a certificate to Purton man Brian Davies for his 20 years of service and commitment to the charity.