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Lichfield volunteers get creative to raise money for Ghanaian midwives

Volunteers at a Lichfield charity shop have been sewing cake-themed pincushions as part of a new fundraising initiative.

Chris Hancox with some of the cake creations

Chris Hancox with some of the cake creations

Helpers at Oxfam Books and Music are getting creative in a month-long special promotion for International Women’s Day and hope money from the sale of the colourful felt cupcakes will pay for a Ghanaian midwife’s training.

They are also planning to boost their fundraising effort by selling tea and cakes to customers on International Women’s Day (March 8) – and for the next few weeks shelves in the Market Street store will be packed with books by women, about women and for women.

“Oxfam aims to focus attention on the plight of women around the globe,” said Chris Hancox, acting manager of Lichfield’s Oxfam Books and Music. “Our research shows that 70 per cent of people living in poverty are women. In many countries they miss out on an education, suffer horrendous domestic violence or die needlessly in childbirth.

“Our volunteers were so moved by the conditions of these women – whose lives are so very different to their own – that they wanted to do something over and above their usual work in the shop.

“Just £46 can save the lives of a mother and her child by enabling Oxfam to train a midwife in Ghana, so this is the sum our helpers hope to raise over the next few weeks.”

Chris added: “I am very grateful to the Lichfield volunteers for being so enthusiastic about this campaign, but they need the support of people living and working in the city if they are help women who are less fortunate.”

A volunteer wrote this. Say thanks with a coffee.

A redundant journalist/sub-editor,I worked in and around Lichfield and Tamworth for 30 years or so. I'm now a volunteer with Oxfam Books and Music,in Lichfield, trying to increase the charity's profile.