Hartlepool volunteers wanted to help children in Chad

Ethena Taylor outside Headland Baptist Church, Hartlepool

Ethena Taylor outside Headland Baptist Church, Hartlepool

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VOLUNTEERS are being sought for a charity fundraiser which will help children in one of Africa’s poorest countries.

Headland Baptist Church is holding a craft fair with a difference next month.

Organiser Ethena Taylor, 59, who lives on the Town Wall on the Headland, and who attends the church, has organised the event to raise funds for two important causes.

The first is to equip a maternity ward in a hospital being built by the Baptist Missionary Society in Chad, in Central Africa.

The country has one the highest child mortality rates in the world and desperately needs equipment. Hartlepool Food Bank will also benefit from the fair.

Ethena told the Mail: “Given that the fair is a week before Mother’s Day it is the perfect time to pick up a special present for a special mum, but also to know that you are helping to make a real difference in the lives of people in need.

“However this is a craft fair with a difference, if you want to learn how to get started in crafts, we are running small taster sessions that people can try for themselves.

“So far we have taster sessions on making books using tradition bookbinding skills, knitting and wool-crafts, origami and even juggling and balloon modelling. We want stall holders to get in touch if they want to book a table but also for jewellery makers, decoupage, card makers and artists to get in touch and run a taster session too.”

Those who want to sell their wares or volunteer to teach others at the fair, which takes place on Saturday, March 7, should email on headlandcrafts@gmail.com