‘Hope is Contagious’ at St Edmund’s Catholic Primary School in Godalming

St Edmund’s Catholic Primary School in Godalming, recently was inspired by CAFOD’s first National Assembly where the 🌈#SummerOfHope #CoronaVirusAppeal for schools was launched.

The Headteacher, Mrs Elizabeth Higgins told us;

‘They have held two mufti days and a crazy hair day which was planned by Year 6. Our Year 6 children have been really inspired and have created letters spelling out ‘Hope is Contagious’ which you might be able to read in the picture! One of our Year 1 pupils has held a sponsored karaoke at home with his family. 

The children have raised over £200 so far, and they have further activities planned!’

This really is a splendid effort and CAFOD Arundel and .Brighton would like to thank Mrs Higgins and the children, staff and parents for their wonderful support with the 🌈#SummerOfHope Appeal.

If you haven’t seen the assembly yet, you can watch it here.

Hope certainly is contagious at St Edmund’s. Well done everyone.😃

Can you creatively fundraise for the Corona Virus Appeal? The CAFOD website has some great ideas.


Follow the example of these fantastic children!


On the Feast of Corpus Christi on 14th June, our very first Parish Virtual Pilgrimage set off for the historic home of St Edmund, King of East Anglia and Martyr, Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. This is particularly appropriate because St Edmund was not only England’s original Patron Saint but is also Patron Saint of Pandemics and for Protection against the Plague!

It is a Virtual Pilgrimage of approx. 109 miles. This means that our Parish Pilgrims from the LiveSimply group will not actually be walking the route but will be covering the miles by walking locally. Our aim is to complete the pilgrimage in 5 weeks. This will give us plenty of time to visit holy places en route and have an occasional virtual pint.

Why are we doing it? Well, for the past few years we have had very successful actual Parish pilgrimages, to Aylesford and London. That’s not really possible during Lockdown so this is virtually the only alternative. It’s also an opportunity to raise money for the CAFOD Coronavirus Appeal. Our target is £1000 over 5 weeks. In the world’s poorest countries, health care systems are not coping with the coronavirus and families are going hungry because people cannot go out to earn money. CAFOD is helping protect and improve the lives of our sisters and brothers during this global emergency by providing emergency food packages, hygiene kits and training local volunteers to carry out awareness campaigns. You can find out more by going to:  https://vimeo.com/418056395  & https://vimeo.com/418056059

So how can you get involved? First by sponsoring our Virtual Pilgrimage. We will set a target of raising £200 for each of the 5 weeks. Here is the link to the justgiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Jo-Lewry1

If we are successful in raising the money then we will record that we have completed that week’s target mileage. If we don’t raise the £200 each week, we will tell you how far we’ve got. We will keep you updated on our progress via our new Parish Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/stedsgod/  as well as via the Parish website & newsletter. We will share with you our reflections and photos of the virtual places we visit.

What if we don’t raise the £1000 by the end of week 5? Knowing how generous you all are, that hardly bears thinking about. But, if it should happen, we will pray even harder and keep going till we do. If we’re still not there by Christmas, we may have to have a re-think!

St Edmund, pray for us.

Jo Lewry, parishioner at St Edmund’s and also CPC for Portsmouth Diocese

Bognor Regis Parish Volunteers complete 10 ‘lockdown’ marathons to fundraise for charity

CAFOD Volunteers, Colin and Gabrielle Thorpe from The Catholic Parish of Bognor Regis and Slindon have clocked up over 300 miles on their daily walks in order to raise funds for the global coronavirus response.

Since lockdown began, Colin and Gabrielle have been totting up their daily exercise miles to complete a massive charity challenge: walking the equivalent distance of Bognor Regis to Canterbury Cathedral.

The couple hope their 300-mile journey will help them reach their fundraising target – all in aid of the international development charity, CAFOD, who have just launched a global coronavirus appeal.

Colin said: “Since lockdown began, Gabrielle and I have both walked three to four miles every day, and have decided to turn this daily activity into a prayerful exercise and fundraiser to help CAFOD support some of the poorest people in the world.

“Currently, we have each walked 100 miles and aim to reach 150 miles by the end of six weeks of lockdown. Please join us in helping to raise £1,000 to feed and support some of the world’s poorest people.”

Colin and Gabrielle’s chosen charity, CAFOD, has recently launched an emergency coronavirus appeal and is scaling up its support to local aid experts. These local experts are providing food to vulnerable families, as well as improving handwashing and sanitation facilities across communities.

CAFOD is also helping churches in developing countries use their networks to share hygiene messages through Catholic radio stations, and to produce posters in local dialects on infection prevention.

Donate to Colin’s challenge at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Colin-Thorpe and find out more about CAFOD’s work at cafod.org.uk/coronavirus

Story by Elouise Hobbs, CAFOD Regional News Officer