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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Birtley Gig Raises Hundreds For Overseas Development

The concert was held at St Joseph’s Parish Centre on Saturday June 10 with music from local band 2econd Wind, who performed songs from the 1960s until the present day.
Around 70 supporters attended and raised £490.05, which will help St Joseph’s parish stand alongside communities overseas to fight against poverty and injustice.
CAFOD representative in Hexham and Newcastle, Jeremy Cain, said: “There was a really good turnout and thanks to our bingo and raffle, many people went home with some excellent prizes too.
“The three pairs of CAFOD socks on offer drew particular interest!
“Proceeds of course went to a really worthy cause – thank you to everybody who helped make this fantastic evening possible.”

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An evening of entertainment at Birtley gig

There will be a fun-filled evening of music, food and more at an upcoming concert in support of aid agency CAFOD’s Connect2 campaign.

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CAFOD’s Connect2 scheme includes Ethiopia

The gig will be held at St Joseph’s Parish Centre in Birtley on Saturday June 10 from 7pm until 11pm.
Music will be played by band 2econd Wind, who will performs songs from the 1960s until the present day.

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