Bexhill Christians raise record sum for charity

(L-R) Children with Cancer Fund founder Ursula Downton, Millie Young and director Graham Payne
(L-R) Children with Cancer Fund founder Ursula Downton, Millie Young and director Graham Payne

A Bexhill Christian musical drama group’s latest performance has raised more than £500 for a cancer charity.

Christian Voices’ play Runaway Slave made a record £528 for the Children with Cancer Fund.

Ursula Downton co-founded the Polegate-based charity in 1998 and said the money will go towards organising days out for the children and their families.

“We were delighted to receive the cheque from Christian Voices after their very successful performances,” she said.

“Receiving support from groups such as this enables us to continue to grant wishes to local children who have a diagnosis of cancer and their families, as well as organise days out and events for these families to attend. 

“The support from Christian Voices came in a week when we received four new referrals, which included families within the Bexhill and Hastings area.”

The group performed The Runaway Slave to the Bexhill United Reformed Church, St Barnabas Church, Christchurch Methodist Church, St Michael’s Church, Ninfield Methodist Church Hall and St Peter’s Community Centre.

St Barnabas Church’s Rev Nicholas Burton, who had seen one of the group’s earlier plays, was more than happy to host them again.

“We were so glad Christian Voices came to St Barnabas,” he said.

“It was another great play with great songs, both written by members of the group.

“What talent we have in Bexhill.”

The play was written by Alan Young, of St Martha’s Church, and the songs were composed by All Saints Church’s Dave Chamberlin.

Director Graham Payne, of Brighton Vineyard Church, said: “What is it that brings 12 people of different spiritual backgrounds together for Christian Voices Productions?

“The answer is our God-given talents to serve God by enacting stories showing God’s love and inspiring donations for needy local charities.

“The story of The Runaway Slave focused on God’s eternal message of forgiveness to all people both then and now.”

Christian Voices’ Christmas play is called Another Way Home and is based on the visit of the wise men to worship baby Jesus.

It shows how it affects King Herod and the people of Bethlehem.

The play and songs are written by Alan and is directed by Graham.

Another Way Home can be seen at: Aaron Manor Residential Care Home at 3pm on Sunday, December 6; St Peter’s Community Centre at 9.45pm on Sunday, December 6; Sidley Baptist Church at 10am on Sunday, December 13; and Bexhill United Reformed Church at 4pm on Sunday, December 20.

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