25 years of service but we could do with some help! From humble beginnings 25 years ago International Aid Trust (IAT) has grown into a humanitarian aid charity that sent over £5 million worth of material overseas last year. The charity was launched by CEO, Rev Bernard Cocker, in response to the severe poverty and deprivation he saw in former Soviet Bloc countries, but now it sends aid to places as diverse as Eastern Europe, India, Africa, Cuba, Mexico and the Philippines. IAT also runs and supports many local operations here in the UK, Eastern Europe, India and Sierra Leone. Following a recent visit to the Preston warehouse, Mike Davies Group Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Principle Healthcare commented “I am proud of my company association with you and will ensure that we remain closely linked with anything which we believe can help you in the fantastic work you do… It takes a great deal of commitment and hard work to make it a reality. That is most certainly true of the International Aid Trust.” As part of the operation, we run a network of 20 shops, which cover all of its administration costs and funds 80% of the UK and overseas operations. However, the shops are seen to be more than just fund-raising outlets. They also act as collection points for aid materials in the wake of natural disasters; places that provide affordable quality goods for local communities and promote the idea of ‘Christian compassion for a hurting world’. Sadly, some of these shops are under pressure because of the lack of volunteers. What a shame if this held back the great work we have been doing for the last 25 years.

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Christmas messages 2015 Posted Dec 23, 2015 By administrator

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A message from our CEO & Founder Posted Dec 07, 2015 By administrator

Just like seeds planted in the ground when the seed of God’s word is planted – and received – there is a harvest. During my latest

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Inglewhite Rocks – fundraiser Posted Oct 23, 2015 By administrator

Event date:  30-October-2015 19:30  –  23.00 Free admission – donations welcome Further information on how you can support this event can be found by following

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Refugee crisis – urgent appeal for clothing and food Posted Sep 05, 2015 By administrator

Update:  Thanks to the generosity of supporters over 17 tonnes of much needed aid was sent by truck on Friday 25th September.  Goods sent included dried food, cooking

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Working with Rotary and Shine Africa Posted Aug 19, 2015 By administrator

Gambia is one of the poorest countries in Africa and Lytham Rotarians were keen to provide some practical support in the form of an aid

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