FUNDRAISING for an international charity seeking to end poverty across the world has started again in Haddington.

The town’s Christian Aid branch held a ‘Quizaid’ night at the beginning of February.

A total of £365 was raised by the group, which has a number of events and fundraisers planned for the coming months.

Last year, the group collected a total of £6,619 for the charity, which provides disaster relief in South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia.

Next Thursday (March 23), there is a chance to meet Christian Aid staff in the West Church hall.

Questions can be asked at what is described as being an “informal gathering of Christian Aid supporters, over a cup of tea or coffee and some traybake”.

The event takes place from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

This year’s Christian Aid Week runs from May 14 to 20 and opens with a joint service in St Mary’s Parish Church.

Volunteers will deliver envelopes to supporters and church members throughout the town.

Then, from June 5 to 9, Margaret and Jock Stein will hold an open house. People can buy paintings, books and more from the house on Dunbar Road, 3-7pm each day.

Finally, local Christian Aid volunteers are planning to take on the Edinburgh Kiltwalk once again.

The event offers people the chance to cover one of three distances – five miles (The Wee Wander), 14.7 miles (The Big Stroll, from Fisherrow Links to BT Murrayfield Stadium) or 21 miles (The Mighty Stride, which passes through Musselburgh en route to the home of Scottish rugby) – and takes place on September 17.

Funds raised by walkers go directly to their chosen charity, plus all eligible gift aid (up to 25 per cent extra).