St Bernadette’s Brilliant Charity Challenge

What a day for CAFOD and Brian House! St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School, Blackpool, raised over £700 for charity.

Children and staff put together a Nativity play and collected money for CAFOD and Brian House (a local hospice that cares for terminally ill children). Before breaking up for Christmas the whole school donated money to wear their own clothes for the day.

The Head teacher Mr O’Hare said: “I am very proud of the children and all the money they have raised.” The whole school community enjoyed fundraising and everyone was excited about helping the charities.

Mr Lord accepts a cheque for CAFOD from the headboy, Jack, and the headgirl Cassidy

An amazing £745 was raised in total and the money was split between the two charities, both of which are very dear to St Bernadette’s.

The children would like to thank their families for their generosity.

Written by Year 4 pupils at St Bernadette’s

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Mr Lord is a student teacher at St Bernadette’s and he accepted the cheque on behalf of CAFOD.  Some of you will recognise Mr Lord from last year as he spent a year working with CAFOD on the Step into the Gap Programme, so he really knows how amazing this amount of money is and what a difference it will make overseas.

Mr Lord worked with the Year 4 pupils to produce this news story.  He speaks about them here:

The children at St Bernadette’s have been very busy!

I have posted a cheque to the CAFOD office from the school from fundraising before Christmas. In our Literacy lessons with Year 4 we wrote this news story about the fundraising.

Two of our Year 4 children interviewed Mr O’Hare in his office and the rest of the class watched the interview over the interactive whiteboard in the classroom and made notes for the news story. Each child then wrote a news story about it and we selected bits from each story to put it together.

They really enjoyed this.

The picture is of the Head Boy and Girl at St Bernadette’s presenting the cheque to me in a whole school assembly – what a privilege!

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To the children of St Bernadette’s – here at CAFOD we’re thrilled to hear your story and so grateful for your brilliant fundraising.  Well done to you all!!  No wonder Mr O’Hare is so very proud of you all.  It’s very special to us when children here do something positive for families living overseas who don’t have as much as we do, through no fault of their own.  You have bigs hearts, children.  This is a brilliant way to show you really care.  You’re making Jesus’ message real and alive.  Thank you so much.

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Are you ready to Step into the Gap?

If you’re inspired by our gappers and want to know more visit us at cafod.org.uk/stepintothegap. Applications are now open for 2012! Sign up for an unforgettable journey today.

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