Birtley couple recognised for 45 years’ service

A Birtley couple celebrating their sapphire wedding anniversary have been recognised for their CAFOD work after raising over £100,000. 

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Kevin and Kathleen with their grandchildren

Kevin and Kathleen Haigh first signed up to volunteer for the aid agency CAFOD in 1971 and have continued throughout their married life.

The couple have put on fundraising events every year that they’ve been married, raising a staggering £100,000 for CAFOD’s work with vulnerable communities overseas.

“We have found many different ways of raising funds and awareness. We have held auctions, sponsored walks, had soup for tea afternoons on a Friday and sung carols in Gateshead’s Metro Centre since it was built,” said Kevin. 

And despite their amazing achievement, they have committed to continue their work.

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Generous County Durham school raise huge amount for CAFOD

CAFOD has been presented with a £1,000 cheque after generous fundraising at a County Durham school. cafod-logo

Year 10 pupils at St Bede’s Catholic School and Sixth Form College raised the incredible amount through a variety of ideas, including cake sales, tombola’s and non-uniform days.

Incredibly, the school was
able to give large donations to seven different charities, including CAFOD

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We need you!


CAFOD in Hexham and Newcastle is seeking volunteers to help us to promote our programme of Regular Giving and Legacies to individuals, groups and parishes in the diocese. Full training will be given. If you have some spare time then this could be for you.

This is an exciting volunteering opportunity that will give the right person or people the chance to use their interpersonal and communication skills. The role will help to transform the lives of some of the poorest people in the world through promoting our regular giving schemes and legacy gifts. These are an increasingly important way of providing the funds to carry out our vital work. They allow us to plan ahead and commit to work with partners and beneficiaries, secure in the knowledge that the funds will be available.

To find out more contact the CAFOD in Hexham and Newcastle Volunteer Centre on 0191 384 4847 or email: