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Birmingham schools raise over £14,000 for Father Hudson's Care

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On Tuesday 21 May, schoolchildren from across Birmingham, Solihull and surrounding areas presented more than £14,000 they had raised to support Father Hudson’s Care in its work helping local people in need.

Children from 42 schools across the city gathered at St Chad’s Roman Catholic Cathedral in Birmingham to present their fantastic donations. They had raised the money throughout Lent, through bake sales, non-uniform days, sponsored events, or by simply filling a collection box. One school alone raised £1,400.

They presented their gifts at the Cathedral in two celebratory Good Shepherd Masses celebrated by Bishop David McGough. The day was filled with colour, worship and song as schools from across the city and beyond filled St Chad’s. Holy Souls School in Acocks Green led the music in the morning, with St Peter’s Senior School and five Solihull primary schools in charge for the afternoon. Others took part in a procession during which they handed their donations to Bishop David.

Bishop David highlighted the need locally. “Wherever you live,” he said, “very close to you there are people struggling with ill health. Perhaps they can’t get out of the house. Perhaps their partner has died and their children, if they have them, live far away. There are families where mum or dad are unable to work, through no fault of their own. They might wonder where their next meal is coming from, or who will pay for the next school uniform. And there are people who came here from far away, who suffered unimaginable pain as their homes were ripped apart. They feel alone and forgotten. Who will care for them? I can say today that the children are caring for them. Father Hudson’s cares for all these people around the Archdiocese of Birmingham, and the children through their school collections raise the funds that enable Father Hudson’s to care.”St Margaret Mary school at St Chad's Cathedral

Andy Quinn, Chief Executive of Father Hudson’s Care, gave several examples of the work made possible by these funds. “Without your help,” he told the children, “Martin would still be living in a tent in the undergrowth on an island on the ring road in Birmingham. He lived there for two years because he was afraid. Now, at Tabor House – a night shelter provided by Father Hudson’s Care and partners – he can sleep safely at night. Martin recently had help to find a job and look for his own flat. He said that since moving there, the darkness has started to lift and he can see a future. And Amman would not have been given permission to stay by the British government. In 2017 her asylum claim had been turned down and she came to stay at Fatima House – another partnership project. In 2018 she was granted asylum. Finally, she was believed.”

The Good Shepherd Appeal runs annually with around 200 schools across the diocese raising funds to support Father Hudson’s work. After Easter, schools gather at seven Good Shepherd Masses to present their donations.

Pictured with Bishop David McGough at St Chad’s Cathedral are (top) students from St Peter’s Senior School, Solihull, and (middle) pupils from St Margaret Mary’s Primary School, Erdington.

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