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Good Shepherd Appeal gets underway

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Our annual Good Shepherd appeal will take place during Lent and our School and Parish Fundraisers are already busy visiting schools across the Archdiocese to encourage the children to take part. 

The Appeal, aimed at children of primary school age, is almost as old as the charity itself, which was founded by Father George Vincent Hudson in 1902. Money raised by schools enables Father Hudson’s Care to continue its work supporting children, adults and families across the diocese.

Many schools give out the famous Good Shepherd boxes, which the children take home during Lent to fill with contributions from family members and coins they might ordinarily have spent on sweets and treats. This reminds children of the sacrificial nature of Lent and the virtue of almsgiving. Some schools choose to fundraise by holding Odd Shoe Days, sponsored events or bake sales.

/media/news/library/dscn0615.jpgFundraisers Margot Scotford, Lucy Davis and Annette Thomas visit schools across the diocese to give assemblies about the Good Shepherd Appeal and the work of Father Hudson’s Care. Their inspiring talks explore the range of the charity’s work, grounded in Catholic social teaching and Mercy, and show the children how much their fundraising helps people in need and provide creative ideas for how to get involved.

With each fundraiser taking on a different area of the diocese, which stretches from Henley-on-Thames to Newcastle-under-Lyme, they will deliver over 100 school assemblies during Lent.

Lucy said: ‘Visiting the children and staff in our many Catholic schools to talk to them about the work of Father Hudson’s Care is always a pleasure and a privilege. Father Hudson’s is engaged in so many different projects and services which all greatly benefit from the money raised in our schools each Lent, so this job is hugely important. But our work is also very humbling, witnessing first-hand the compassion for and genuine desire to help people in need shown by schoolchildren, their families, and the school staff. Every effort made to raise funds - big or small – is so greatly appreciated.’

After Easter, Father Hudson’s Care will hold a series of Good Shepherd Masses – joyous occasions full of colour and song where children present their school collections to the diocesan bishops. There is more information about the Good Shepherd Appeal online at www.fatherhudsons.org.uk.

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