Billingham Volunteer Begins Gap Year Adventure!

A Billingham volunteer is dedicating a year to working alongside communities across the world by taking part in a gap year programme run by CAFOD.

Hannah Collinson

Hannah Collinson, our new gap year volunteer

Hannah Collinson is taking part in the ‘Step into the Gap’ programme after graduating from the University of Leeds with a Masters in Chemistry.

She will spend the year campaigning, fundraising and raising awareness of CAFOD’s work at a placement in the Hexham and Newcastle diocese.

Hannah will also make an international trip to meet vulnerable communities that the charity works alongside.

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Meet Hannah, our new gap year volunteer

Hannah is from Billingham and one of CAFOD’s new step into the gap volunteers! Read what she has to say below… 

Hannah Collinson

Hannah is starting a gap year with CAFOD

Hi, I’m Hannah, I am 22 and from a small town called Billingham in the North East of England. I have just graduated from the University of Leeds with an Integrated Master’s degree in Chemistry. As part of my degree, I did an industrial placement year at a company called Vivimed Labs. Europe, where I was making photochromic dyes for glasses.

Whilst at university I continued to compete nationally in Ballroom and Latin dancing, I was heavily involved with the Catholic Society and liked to fill any spare time watching Soaps (especially Coronation Street!).

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Volunteers and Supporters Enjoy Annual Holy Island Pilgrimage

More than 100 CAFOD supporters and volunteers came together for the annual Holy Island pilgrimage on Saturday July 1.


Pilgrims crossing the causeway at Holy Island

Plenty of the pilgrims walked around three miles across the causeway in support of the Power to Be campaign.

 A Mass of Thanksgiving was then held in the Priory Church, celebrated by Father Chris Hughes and Father Jim O’Keefe.

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