Building bridges to aid peace process

Christian Aid building bridges for peace
Christian Aid building bridges for peace

Communities on either side of the Forth Bridge are encouraging others to join them in helping build bridges towards peace in some of the most fragile and difficult places to live in the world.

Local churches in South Queensferry, Inverkeithing and beyond are extending an invitation to participate in Christian Aid’s annual Bridge Cross sponsored walk.

The event is aimed at anyone who wants to raise funds to support the charity’s life-saving and peacebuilding work.

This is a particularly special year as celebrations get underway to mark the 50 year anniversary of the Forth Bridge.

The sponsored challenge takes place on Saturday, April 26, offering participants the chance to take on as many circuits of the bridge as they can.

Money raised from the event will help Christian Aid to support communities in war-ravaged countries, providing emergency supplies to those who are caught up in or displaced by fighting and offering long-term support to people affected by trauma.

Around 250 people took part in the Bridge Cross last year, raising £30,175.

Gwenneth Williamson, from South Queensferry, said: “Daily, around the world, millions of people suffer the tribulations of poverty and disease.

“Conflict is an every day experience for many families.

“Along with folk from neighbouring communities, many of us in Queensferry will have the opportunity to do something positive to help make a difference to our brothers and sisters across the world as we step out on the 42nd Christian Aid Forth Bridge Cross.”