St Mildred’s branch of MU were very concerned to learn that the entire budget for AFIA has been spent while there is still a long queue of very deserving requests- both families and groups.
So we had a garden party to raise funds – and £373 was raised!
(AFIA) ‘Away From It All’ is a Mothers’ Union holiday scheme, to give the opportunity of a break to those who are experiencing stress in their family life. The fund helps families and older people alike to get a much-needed holiday and also helps groups (like the Croydon Women’s refuge) by funding days out to the seaside, theme parks and/or zoos.
We always support AFIA with our Harvest cake stall and other bits and pieces; but this year the calls on the fund have been greater than ever, and coupled with the lowering of income during the pandemic, many requests are having to be turned down.
Look out for our Harvest Festival Cake stall which will also raise funds for AFIA! ( Sunday 9 October after the 10 am morning service)