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

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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 


Aid to Moldova

loading at our warehouse in Preston



unloading in Chisinau, Moldova

We are very thankful to God that the truck pictured below has now been unloaded  in Moldova!  It left us on Wed 4th November and was unloaded yesterday.

All the warm clothes, bedding, furniture, toiletries, kitchen utensils, musical instruments, and shoebox gifts will be a great blessing to very poor rural communities.

Pastor Victor sends a big thank you to everyone who has given items, prayed and helped with loading!

Shoebox update


Whilst we are under the latest restrictions in to  England, we are unable to accept any donated items until after the lockdown period.

If you have already filled shoeboxes please can you keep hold of them for the time being? We will share on our website and social media when we are able to accept shoeboxes and other items, and the procedure for dropping them off safely. As you we distribute shoeboxes all year round, so if for any reason your boxes are unable to get to us before Christmas, they will be very gratefully received in the New Year.

Thank you very much for your support.



Mum Beatrice, and Alice (Head teacher). 

Mednatu aged 4 attends New Hope School and Church in Sierra Leone.  She broke her arm in the summer, it was put in plaster at the local hospital but when the cast was removed her arm and hand were massively infected.  It was feared she would have to have her hand amputated. Our team took her to Freetown where she has received treatment including a skin graft.  Mednatu and her Mum are back home now and shared with the Church yesterday all that God has done for them.


Good news – shoeboxes are on the move!

Our warehouse at Longton is not open to accept donations just yet, but we are praising God that this week we have been able to send out aid to Ukraine and Transylvania!  The two trucks are full of items received earlier this year before lockdown, including over 4,500 shoebox gifts! As you may know, our teams distribute shoeboxes all year round. In these difficult financial times, these gifts will be a great blessing in very poor communities.

We will be accepting shoeboxes to send to people in need this year. If you have already filled your shoeboxes please can you keep hold of them for the time being? We will share a date we can start taking shoeboxes in and the procedure for dropping them off safely, on our website and social media, in the coming weeks. Thank you very much for your support.



Dear Friends and Supporters of International Aid Trust.

As we celebrate Christmas and go forward into another year it is always good to look back at what God has done through our ministry during the last year.

Poor children rescued from the slums in India and West Africa and given an education and a reason to smile at our two schools in India and one in Sierra Leone.  When you see where the conditions they came from and see the joy on their faces now it makes all so worthwhile.

By the time you get this many thousands of gift boxes will have been sorted and shipped to some of the poorest people in the world.  Thousands of little parcels of love and kindness being given out by our volunteers in orphanages, hospitals, old people’s homes, poor remote villages and housebound invalids.

Containers of aid have been dispatched to hospitals and needy communities, saving lives and changing others for ever.

Most importantly the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been preached to untold thousands through our churches, outreach programs and ministry to prisoners who continue to be set free from their pasts and are looking to the future with hope instead of despair.

The true meaning of Christmas often gets lost in the commercialism, the shopping, the parties, the baking, and the wrapping of presents.  But the most valuable gift of the season, the greatest gift of all time is that God sent us his own Son.

Almost three thousand years ago God spoke though His prophets, one of them is:

Isaiah Chp 9: 6

For a child is born to us, a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called: Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

The gift of Jesus brings joy to everyone who receives him and the real purpose of Christmas should be to share this gift so the whole world will know the love of our Saviour.

Tinsel and gift wrapping last a short time, Christ’s love is a gift for eternity.

May God Bless you all for your support and prayers

Rev  Bernard Cocker

CEO & Founder

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