CAFOD Afternoon Teas in Hope Valley

Vitale Afternoon Tea

Vintage Afternoon Teas for CAFOD Refugee Crisis in Castleton

On Saturday 24 June Angela Powell,  Community Participation Manager for CAFOD, attended a fundraiser in Castleton raising money for the refugee crisis.

This lovely event was hosted by Maria Kenyon with support of CAFOD Hope Valley group in the Diocese of Hallam.  Maria opened her beautiful garden and, with the help of volunteers Liz, Margaret, Maria and Bernie (pictured from left to right in front of the greenhouse) served tea, coffee and homemade cakes to visitors who wandered around the garden admiring all of the planting and wonderful setting.

Teas in the garden Hope Valley Group Castleton

Volunteers for CAFOD serving cream teas for refugees

One couple from Leicester said they were delighted to make a contribution to help alleviate the suffering of refugees and would consider organising an event themselves.Why don’t you use your own informal gathering of friends and family to raise much needed funds for CAFOD’s campaigns.


Cream Teas with a view for CAFOD


Tour de CAFOD

Jenny Seymour, one of the CAFOD Hallam Schools Volunteers met with Mark Conway, Head of RE at St Wilfrids’ Primary Voluntary Academy, before he embarks on his mammoth cycling expedition for CAFOD


Mark Conway, Head of RE, St Wilfrids Primary, Sheffield, CAFOD Hallam training for his charity cycle ride to London’s Romero House

As the end of the long summer term draws to an end, many people are looking forward to their well-deserved holidays, but not Mr Conway (Head of RE at St Wilfrids’ primary school)!  Instead, Mr Conway is busily planning a route from the school all the way down to CAFOD’s Head Office in Romero House – trying to avoid the M1 and any roadworks ! – in order to raise some much needed funds for CAFOD.

Mr Conway hopes that the route, which may see him travelling across many counties and cover at least 200 miles, will be a bit flatter once he gets out of the Tour de Yorkshire countryside, but he believes that his training around the Peaks of Sheffield will stand him in good stead for whatever may come his way!

The direct route to Romero House via the M1 !

Please wish him well if you see him on his way and if you can, donate to his justgiving page.  Many thanks and have a great summer holiday!bike-handles-orange

Children of St Thomas journey for refugees

Jenny Seymour one of CAFOD Hallam’s school volunteers recently took the children of St Thomas of Canterbury on a journey of solidarity with refugees and their messages of hope were truly inspirational

CAFOD Message of Hope for Refugees

The schools team for CAFOD have written a beautiful and thought-provoking workshop which takes children on a pilgrimage considering some of the issues that refugees have to face and the reasons that refugees start on their potentially perilous journey.  The pilgrimage is inspired by the events that took place on the small Mediterranean island of Lampedusa in October 2013, but raises some current issues.


Hope is all you need! World Peace.

At the end of this journey of solidarity, the children are asked to write their messages of hope for refugees around the world today.  Originally, these messages were offered up at a mass for refugees at the end of the Year of Mercy, but messages written this year are being hand delivered to refugees within the UK.  The results are truly inspirational.

Schools and parishes are still able to take part in the Lampedusa pilgrimages led by your school or parish volunteer. Please contact your schools volunteer or the CAFOD Hallam Office to book your visit.


You are Loved – inspirational messages of hope for refugees