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 


Shoebox Appeal

When you’re struggling to get enough to eat or to keep warm, a present just for you is beyond your wildest dreams and yet for so many around the world this is a fact of life for young and old alike. 

When you send a shoe box you are sending more than just a box full of goodies, you are sending a message of hope and love.  Someone cares and that makes a whole lot of difference, which is why we deliver shoe boxes throughout the year.

Take your box to our warehouse in Longton, one of our  charity shops, or phone head office on 01772 611000 to discuss collection possibilities

International Aid Trust New Hope School, India.
Poor children receiving gfts of school books for the new term.

Shoebox booklet & poster

Shoebox Leaflet

boxes all ready and waiting to go!

Christmas Message from our CEO

Dear Friends and Supporters of International Aid Trust,

Please accept these few words of thanks for your continued support during 2017. This last year (our 26th) has been both challenging and very rewarding.  Despite some testing situations, with God’s help we have been able to further expand in some areas with more church plants and practical help too.  Over 400 tons of high quality aid with a value of close on £5 million have been gathered, sorted, packed and distributed to some of the poorest people of this hurting world.  Of course, our work begins here at home in the UK where we have our own needy, but worldwide we are helping hospitals, children’s homes, the homeless, the disabled, rehabilitation centres, and the elderly and vulnerable.  In Africa, India, Eastern Europe, South America and Sri Lanka lives are being saved, changed and turned around for the better, many thousands of the world’s poorest are receiving the gospel with genuine hope for a better future – because you care.

Over eighty percent of the income that makes all this possible comes through the work done by our shops that also serve the local communities in such a worthwhile way.  Your generosity and kindness never ceases to amaze, encourage and inspire us.

We must not forget all our other vital links in the chain such as, warehouse, transport, local co-ordinators, churches, fundraisers, office staff and volunteers, all coming together to make such a wonderful team – and there is room for more willing volunteers in these areas. Never have we been more positive regarding the future of IAT.  There is a very positive spirit moving through the charity as we seek to meet ever new challenges during the year ahead in this needy and hurting world.

May I, on behalf of all the trustees, staff and those we seek to serve, wish you a Happy, Peaceful and Blessed Christmas. As we look forward to 2018 may we remember The One who taught us the real meaning of loving our neighbours as ourselves. That’s why He came.

Matthew 25:40 ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

God Bless you all for your loyalty and commitment.

Rev  Bernard Cocker

CEO & Founder

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