Send a Smile – Virtually!


Send a Smile – Virtually!

An exciting new way to send a shoebox gift to a person in need!

For nearly three decades we have been able to send shoebox gifts to people in great need around the world. These practical expressions of Christ’s love bring so much joy to those who receive them and the shoebox scheme continues unchanged.

Our new ‘Virtual Shoebox’ scheme enables you to select the age group, gender and continent of the person who will receive your gift box or bag.

You make a donation, which funds a gift that is packed full of useful and fun items by our local in-country teams, and given to a person living in poverty. This scheme helps to support local economies in the countries where we work. In areas where we have a ‘Hands of Dorcas’ tailoring project, fabric bags may be made by trainees to pack gifts in.

Follow this link to find out more! Virtual Shoeboxes – International Aid Trust

Who will you send a virtual shoebox to?


Listen to Bernard Cocker our CEO & Founder on UCB

If you missed hearing Bernard, our CEO being interviewed on Thursday by Ruth O’Reilly-Smith on UCB 2 last week , you can listen to it here: 

“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.’ It began almost 30 years ago when Bernard, a new Christian, joined a team taking Bibles to the former USSR. He returned a haunted man with a vision for change.”
Many thanks to United Christian Broadcasters for facilitating this 




Shop volunteers wanted to join our friendly team!

We look forward to welcoming you back to our charity shops!
Most shops open Monday 12th April, Tuesday 13th April Carnforth and Chorley general (Market Street) shops will reopen, and Benllech shop, Anglesey will reopen on Monday 26th April.
Thank you for your support!
We are looking for volunteers for the following stores :
New Hall Lane, Preston
Pelsall, West Midlands
Lostock Hall



Ready for a change of scenery? Join us on a virtual adventure and see how far we can travel!

Ready for a change of scenery? 

Join International Aid Trust on an adventure, a virtual tour of our work around the world! A great way to keep motivated to exercise, find out more about our life changing work and help raise much needed funds.

Starting from Monday 22nd February, you can join International Aid Trust for a Virtual Adventure!  Each Thursday everyone taking part lets us know how many miles they have walked, run or cycled.  These are added together to make the total distance the group has travelled that week. On Fridays we email you with the location we have reached including photos, weather, things you could do there, local cuisine etc. as well as related activities for children.  When we reach a place where International Aid Trust work, we will send pictures, information and stories about our work there.  We plan to have virtually visited Eastern Europe, India and West Africa (and other places in between).  We plan to be back at Chorley to celebrate International Aid Trust’s 30th birthday in September!

You can join in from a donation of just £10, or you could choose to get sponsored by friends and family.  Email for more details or to sign up.

Enrol here

Virtual Adventure Information

Virtual Adventure FAQs





Shop closures

We would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year

As our  shops in England are in “National Lockdown” we have to adhere by government guidelines and therefore all shops in England will remain closed until we are advised otherwise.  Likewise our store in Anglesey is following the Welsh guidance and will also remain closed for the time being.

Please note too that our warehouse is currently closed and will not be open until we advise further – again following government guidelines.

Thank you for your ongoing support, prayers encouragement and understanding at this time.  should you wish to contact us please email or ring 01772 611000


Please note our mailing address is now:


International Aid Trust

The Galleries

Croft Mill

Pall Mall








Christmas opening hours

We would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and especially thank you for your support over the last few weeks/months whilst we moved premises.

Our Christmas opening hours are as follows.

The office will close on Tuesday 22nd December and re-open on Monday 4th January.  Please note the telephone remains as 01772 611000

The warehouse is now closed until the New Year.  The telephone number has remained the same 01772 619888

Croft Mill furniture store at Chorley will close on closed  Tuesday 22nd December and re-open on Monday 4th January.

Anglesey will close on Tuesday 22nd December  and will remain closed until we are advised by the Welsh government.

Chorley, Market street will close on Wednesday 23rd December and re-open on Tuesday 5th January 

All our  other shops will close on Wednesday 23rd December and re-open on Monday  4th January 


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