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Recently a coffee morning was organised at St Hugh’s Church in Newbold, Chesterfield to raise funds for St Martha’s Day Centre in Bethlehem.  The centre is a life-line for the ‘senior’ ladies in Bethlehem, many of whom are lonely and leading very poor lives in rented accommodation.  The Hallam Diocese is striving to collect £250,000 to buy some land on which to build a permanent centre.

Hallam Bethlehem Fund sA presentation about the centre was given by Sr Susan and Joe McNally from the Hallam (Bethlehem) Fund also spoke.  While money is important, prayer and contacting the centre to let them know they are thought about is essential.  The address was given out and people invited to write.

The event raised approximately £500.  Sr Susan is organising a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in February and she and the pilgrims will take this money with them to Bethlehem and visit St Martha’s Day Centre.

The cost of the pilgrimage is approximately £1,150 – based on two people sharing, half-board.  The pilgrimage is mainly for adults – children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  Further details can be obtained from Sr Susan at srsusan@stmaryschesterfield.org.uk or 01246 201191, or write to St Teresa’s Presbytery, Clumber Street, Warsop, NG20 0LX, tel: 01623 845091.