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Bishop of Southwark works as barista to launch Christian Aid Week

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Bishop of Southwark Christopher Chessun has been marking the start of Christian Aid Week by making lattes and cappuccinos.

Rt Revd Christopher Chessun

The Bishop, wearing an apron, was behind the counter in Southwark Cathedral's Refectory on Friday morning trying his hand as a barista.

The unusual role was part of an attempt to raise awareness of how small-scale coffee farmers in Nicaragua have been supported by Christian Aid to work their way out of poverty.

Helping farmers get a fair price for their coffee allows them to access education and healthcare for their families.

Christian Aid Week runs from Sunday 15 to Saturday 21 May with door to door envelope collections in most parishes. There will also be the opportunity to give at Southwark Cathedral.

Laura Simpson, who works Christian Aid's head office in Lower Marsh, said: "We hope that as Christian Aid Week approaches the photo call with Bishop Christopher will help people to remember the importance of the red envelope that drops through their letterbox during the week."

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