Christmas Market supports DEC appeal for Myanmar refugees


REFUGEES from Myanmar will benefit from the Christmas Market at St Peter’s Church, Caversham on Saturday, 9 December, in aid of the Disasters Emergency Committee Appeal.

Teknaf, Bangladesh, APRIL 1, 2017 : Rohingya refugees from Myanmar waiting for food aid in Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Photo: Shutterstock.

The DEC Appeal has been set up to support half a million people – mostly Rohingya women and children – who have fled violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. They are seeking refuge in Bangladesh, where they urgently need food, water, shelter and medical care. The DEC works with 13 of the UK’s leading aid charities to provide and deliver aid to ensure the success of appeals.

“Many of us have been deeply distressed by the events in Myanmar and the Rohingya people fleeing to Bangladesh,” says the Revd Mike Smith, Rector of St Peter’s in Caversham Thameside and Mapledurham Parish. “The DEC appeal is one way in which we can offer support and assistance. Please do try to support St Peter’s Christmas Market as we seek to help others less fortunate than ourselves.”

St Peter’s Christmas Market is always well attended, with supporters enjoying plenty of stalls, sideshows, refreshments, raffles and tombolas. Teams are already busy on homemade cakes, puddings and biscuits and handmade crafts, including table decorations for the Christmas season.

The Market runs from 10.00am to 12.30pm on Saturday, 9 December, at St Peter’s, between Caversham Court and The Warren.