The Benefice has been pleased to support the work of a South Africa-based HIV charity, TOPSY, in recent weeks. TOPSY works in a remote rural area to support communities affected by HIV. In particular it operates 35 places of safety for orphans and vulnerable children, and assists affected families by providing home-based care, medication, and food parcels.
Local resident, Michael Attwell, a trustee of the charity, came to speak about the work of the charity at services in Spelsbury and Ascott-under-Wychwood and brought along with him a selection of most attractive beadwork Christmas decorations for sale, made by women in the community where Topsy operates. These two sales alone raised over £250, which will go a long way to improving lives and children’s futures.
The Benefice has also promised 25% of baptismal collections in 2017 to support the work of TOPSY. Michael sends sincere thanks to everyone both for this, which he describes as ‘a magnificent gift’, and also to everyone who supported the fund-raising effort in church. He has asked us to say how overwhelmed he was by the generosity and support of our parishioners.
More information at www.topsyfoundation.org.uk