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:


Young People boost Harvest Fast Day

Jeremy Cain, Hexham and Newcastle Diocese Community Participation Coordinator, reports on how young people are helping CAFOD spread their message in parishes.


Meisha at the Youth Council

Meisha likes to get involved. Not only is she a member of our diocesan Youth Council, she has also signed up to take part in the John Paul II Award programme. This provides young people with an opportunity to gain recognition for the work they do in service of their church community, in a similar way to the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.

As part of the programme, she offered to promote our Harvest Fast Day Appeal by sharing the story of Nicanora from Bolivia with her Sunday Mass congregation. Nicanora lives on the Altiplano, an extremely inhospitable part of Bolivia where poverty is widespread. She tells us,  “On a normal day when we don’t have much food, we eat barley soup. We grind the barley and mix it with water. When we eat just this soup all day, we get tired very quickly. Sometimes I buy some vegetables and make them last as long as I can. But if there’s no money, and I can’t buy vegetables, we’ll just go without.”


Nicanora shows off her crops

The good news is that with your support CAFOD is working with its partners to help her and others like her to grow more and more varied food. By training them in new as well as traditional farming methods, and providing them with the equipment they need, not only can they now feed their families but they’re even able to sell a little of what’s left in the local market, so earning a valuable income.

It’s great that young people in Hexham and Newcastle are willing to offer their time to reach out to their sisters and brothers overseas and we’d like to say a big thank you to Meisha for her efforts. If you’d like to help us too, please get in touch at