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International Aid Trust

Call us: 01772 611000

in Preston, PR4 5LE

Longton Business Park, Station Road, Much Hoole, Preston, PR4 5LE

International Aid Trust

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International Aid Trust
Longton Business Park Station Road Much Hoole Preston PR4 5LE
53.7081990 -2.8016633
International Aid Trust

Telephone: 01772 611000
Web: www.internationalaidtrust.org.uk

Charity shop, Preston

Most people drive past the International Aid Trust HQ without a second glance – and miss a remarkable story of human endeavour and care for hurting people.

Longton by-pass drivers also miss a chance to help others in need – at little or no cost to themselves. Meet Bernard Cocker (right), the man in charge of this Christian charity which last year sent £5 million of aid materials overseas.

It began 25 years ago when Bernard, shortly after becoming a Christian, joined a team taking Bibles to the former USSR.He returned a haunted man. “I saw images of pain and suffering that will never leave me and came back to this country with a dream, a vision to make a difference,” he says. That is what he and a small band who shared his vision, did.

Today International Aid Trust has more than 20 charity shops – including one at the Longton HQ and one in Penwortham centre, which fund all its admin costs and 80 per cent of its aid operations.

It  sends containers of aid to 50 nations and has planted churches, set up rescue centres for orphans, schools, alcohol and drug projects, prisoner rehabilitation schemes, water projects and much, much more.

Bernard, an ordained minister, adds: “Since we began, we have sent over £100 million of aid to save and change lives and although we are a Christian organisation, we help wherever we can, here in the UK and overseas, regardless of creed or political persuasion.”

See International Aid’s comprehensive website to find out more about their work.

At your service: John Orritt, furniture manager (left) pictured with the Rev Bernard Cocker


1. By donating Virtually anything of decent quality can be sold in the UK or sent abroad, including furniture, clothes, shoes, carpets, tools, bedding, dried food and much more. Don’t throw it out, drop it at a shop or ring for collection. 2. By visiting charity shops The Trust’s test for goods is: Would we use them ourselves? Pick up a bargain and help someone in need. 3. By volunteering  At a loose end? Helping hands very welcome, including office workers, van drivers and mates, shop volunteers, fund-raisers 

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