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COVID-19 Update from Father Hudsons Care

Volunteers needed to boost fundraising ball

Jimmy and volunteers

For over a century, a dedicated committee of volunteers has raised funds for Father Hudson’s Care by holding an annual ball. Now entering its 113th year, it is one of the longest running volunteer-led fundraising balls in the country – and the committee wants your help to make the next event even more successful.

The committee is an independent group who organise the ball to help bolster our charitable work. They arrange the venue, book the band, sell tickets, promote the event and make all the other arrangements that ensure everyone who goes along has a great time. They are seeking new committee members and volunteers to help continue this successful work.

Could you see yourself on the committee helping to organise the ball, or by selling tickets in your church, to your friends, family or colleagues? Or maybe you could help by putting up a poster to promote the ball in your local area?

The Committee is particularly looking for volunteers to help by organising a group of people from their church, work or friends to attend this hugely enjoyable event and help a good cause at the same time. 

Group organisers play a vital role in the success of the ball each year. They promote the event using Father Hudson’s materials, sell tickets, and sometimes they even organise transport or car sharing for the group. This really helps to ensure that the event is inclusive. It’s attended by around 350 people every year and we’d love to make it more in 2017. 

/media/news/library/dsc_2827-1.jpgEvery year, the Committee support one of Father Hudson’s vital projects to make life better for people in need.

As the social care agency of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, Father Hudson’s offers services to vulnerable and marginalised people throughout the Archdiocese. We find foster parents for children in care, and provide support and training to help them succeed. School-based family support workers help children and their families through difficult times.

The community projects reach out a hand of friendship to older people at risk of social isolation, destitute asylum seekers and refugees needing help to settle in Britain, mothers and their babies, and young people seeking direction and guidance. Our Origins service supports adults who were adopted or lived in care as children to trace their roots. And in Coleshill, the adult care team helps older people and adults with learning difficulties, profound disabilities or dementia live life to the fullest.

Last year, the Ball raised a record total of £10,600 for St Catherine’s Day Service. This donation meant St Catherine’s could start work on essential improvements to provide better facilities and more services to 32 disabled people with complex care needs.

Staff support people to fulfil their potential, improve their health and well-being and enjoy a wide range of activities including cooking, crafts, exercise and gardening.

Could you help the Father Hudson’s Ball Committee to raise even more for our vital work right here in the Archdiocese of Birmingham? To find out what’s involved, please contact Ginny Cullen by emailing or calling 01675 434015.

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