Christian Aid began in 1945 when they were founded by British and Irish churches to help refugees following the Second World War. Christian Aid Week was launched in 1957 to raise extra funds as the charity continued to help refugees from mainland Europe as well as those from Palestine, Korea and China. The week brings communities together in action and prayer.

The coronavirus pandemic means that Christian Aid Week 2020 (Sunday 10th May to Saturday 16th) will be different, and churches across all dioceses are being invited to stand in solidarity with the world’s most vulnerable people in new and innovative ways.

The charity has organised daily quizzes and there will be live-streamed worship so supporters can be involved from their own homes. You can also take part in the 300,000 steps in May challenge which will be run through Facebook or send an electronic donation envelope - an ‘e-envelope’ – to friends and family. caweek.org/virtualresources

Some groups are arranging online plant sales, while others are doing sponsored runs, cycles or walks in their daily outdoor exercise or in their own homes and gardens.

Christian Aid Week manager Sophie Brightwell said: “Christian Aid was established after the Second World War when people across this country had lost so much but knew that refugees across Europe were in a desperate situation. As we mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day at the start of Christian Aid Week, my hope is that we can show that same compassion and resolve as we saw in a different time of crisis, as together we show that love never fails.”

To explore ideas about how to celebrate Christian Aid Week digitally please telephone its churches support team on 01925 573769 or visit caweek.org/virtualresources