While Christian Aid's recent campaigns have focused on their 'Big Brekkie' fundraising breakfasts, thoughts at Lythe Church of England Primary School near Whitby were turning from the morning fry-up towards the sociable fund-raising possibilities of afternoons.

'Cake, Coffee and Chat' brought pupils, parents, staff and friends together at the school for a great cause; as well as eating and drinking, punters were invited to write their name or a message on a paper hand, to be attached to a display symbolising the partnership in prayer that works to build a better world.

Christian Aid is the official relief, development and advocacy agency of 41 sponsoring churches in Britain and Ireland, working as part of a worldwide church community. It carries out relief, development and advocacy work through more than 700 local organisations, which are close to the people and communities it seeks to help and so best understand their needs. Christian Aid also works closely with governments and the private sector where appropriate.

"'Cake, Coffee and Chat' was very well supported," said RE Coordinator Philippa Corner. "We raised £116.22; all proceeds were donated to Christian Aid.

"Many thanks to everyone who came along."

You can find many more fundraising ideas at www.christianaid.org.uk.