For 'Throwback Thursday' this week, we travel back in time 15 years to our round-up of Helensburgh's Christian Aid Week fund-raising in 2003.

Here's how we reported the news in the Advertiser on June 5, 2003...

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CHRISTIAN Aid Week drew to a close with more events featuring children in Helensburgh.

Organisers are hoping to top last year’s total of £18,600. And the sum going towards worthy causes exceeded the £20,000 mark in 2002 after tax was refunded for those who signed the gift aid part on sponsor form and collection envelopes.

It is too early to say how much money will come in this year but event organisers are optimistic of reaching £20,000 again.

The activities have involved people of all age groups and started with a church service at St Columba to pray for those working to enrich the lives who are in receipt of donations.

Children were some of the keenest supporters of the cause and various sporting contests tested their skills as well as their fund-raising talents during a swimming gala and football tournament. Meanwhile bargain hunters went in droves to St Columba’s Church Hall for the Christian Aid Fair.

On offer were quality plants, delicious baking, outstanding bric-a-brac and books.

A Christian Aid spokeswoman said: “We would like to thank everyone in Helensburgh for all their support and sponsorship.”

The Gogglebox playgroup held an event in Helensburgh, while pupils at John Logie Baird Primary also rallied to the cause.