Ellie’s sponsored swim for CAFOD

Jenny Seymour, one of the CAFOD schools volunteers in Hallam, met with Ellie after her successful sponsored swim raising £150 for CAFOD

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Ellie mid-way through her sponsored swim fundraising for CAFOD after being inspired by her schools workshop

Ellie goes to St Wilfrids Primary school in the Hallam Diocese which now has regular visits from their local schools volunteer, Jenny Seymour.  Ellie was inspired by a recent workshop which took place in her classroom – the Rough Guide to CAFOD – and her class were tasked by their class teacher (and Head of RE), Mark Conway, to think of innovative ways of fundraising for CAFOD or helping with CAFOD’s work.

Ellie decided she could do a sponsored swim.  Ellie’s parents thought she would swim maybe 20 lengths.  She did a couple of practice swims at her swimming pool in Dronfield, but on the day she just kept on going….and going….and going – until she had swum 60 lengths!  Amazing work Ellie – thank you so much.

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Ellie at the end of her mammoth sponsored swim for CAFOD

How can you help fundraise for CAFOD?

CAFOD Afternoon Teas in Hope Valley

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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