CAFOD Lancaster volunteers show their support to Power to Be campaign

We believe that every child can, and should be able to, achieve great things. But with one in six people across the world still living with no electricity, the reality is that this isn’t always the case.  With investment into local, renewable energy, children’s lives can be transformed.

The CAFOD group at Cardinal Newman College after the launch of their Power to Be card signing where they received over 200 signatures!

In our latest campaign, Power to Be, we are encouraging schools and parishes in the Lancaster diocese to speak up and give children across the world the ‘Power to Be’ by signing campaign action cards.

The cards are part of a petition which calls on Melanie Robinson, the UK’s representative in the World Bank, to invest in local and renewable energy which tackles poverty.

2016 gapper, Michelle, holds an action card next to CAFOD Lancaster’s Power to Be display

Nearly 90 per cent of people without electricity live in villages. It can be expensive and difficult to extend the main grid to homes, schools and clinics in rural areas. The cheapest, fastest, and most efficient solution is usually to provide mini-grids powered by renewables.

By taking our Power to Be campaign action cards into your local parishes and schools, and by sharing them with your friends, pupils and families, you can help to make a difference.

Those in the Lancaster diocese are already showing their support for the campaign.

CAFOD volunteers from St Wilfrid’s and Our Lady and St Edwards (Preston), as well as Cardinal Newman College, Preston, and St Mary’s Academy in Blackpool, have already organised card signings within their parishes and school communities.

CAFOD’s local representative in Lancaster, Patrick Gardner, said: “I’m delighted that people from the Lancaster diocese are supporting our campaign, asking the World Bank to invest in safe, renewable energy across the world which would enable children in the poorest places to access the education they deserve and to aspire to a brighter future.  By doing one simple action, such as signing the petition or organising a card signing, you can really help make a change.”

Why not take a card, gather your friends and meet with your local MP to show that you care about energy access for the world’s poorest people?

If you would like to receive campaign action cards to share in your parish or school, please order them online or call 0300 011 5680.  For further information, contact the CAFOD Lancaster Volunteer Centre on 01772 733310 or email

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Preston school concert and bush tucker trial raises nearly £1,200 for CAFOD

A huge thank you to pupils and staff at Corpus Christi Catholic High School in Preston. They raised over £1,000 for CAFOD’s Lent appeal.

'Stars in Their Eyes' show

‘Stars in Their Eyes’ show

During Lent, the school had been holding various fundraising activities and the finale was a ‘Stars in their Eyes’ performance by pupils, alongside and a bush tucker trial undertaken by the teachers.

The now annual ‘Stars in their Eyes’ performance returned to the school stage with eight ‘Stars’ taking to the stage and three supporting performances from staff.

Highlights from the event, organised by Miss Gardner, included the Year 11 group ‘Bus Stop Boys’ performing Uptown Funk to the 320-pupil audience and year 8 pupil Taylor Stout with her winning performance of ‘Titanium’.

I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here - Bush Tucker Teacher Trials

I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here – Bush Tucker Teacher Trials

Another popular event was ‘I’m a Teacher Get Me Out of Here – Bush Tucker Trial’, organised by Mrs Hartley and hosted by Mr Botes with Year 11 volunteers acting as waiters. The popular show was very entertaining with several brave staff enduring some extraordinary culinary delights, including grasshoppers, pigs’ tails, bugs, eyes and worms. The winner was Mr Holden, who managed to eat everything.

A representative from the school said: “We would like to say a huge thank you and show our appreciation to the contestants, victims or fools who willingly, some more so than others, put themselves through that torture for a good cause!

“Without their willingness to put themselves through those hideously delicious delicacies, we wouldn’t have been able to do it.”

Headteacher Mr Hubbard, School Chaplain Mr Griffin, and Corpus Christi pupils, present the cheque to CAFOD

Headteacher Mr Hubbard, School Chaplain Mr Griffin, and Corpus Christi pupils, present the cheque to CAFOD

Both events successfully raised over £696, making the total for the school’s Lent fundraising £1,192.

This Lent, CAFOD has been working with communities in the South African country of Zambia. It is estimated that over half of Zambians live below the poverty line. CAFOD’s partners in Zambia provide training in fish farming, beekeeping and crop farming as well as helping individuals within communities develop business skills.

The money raised by Corpus Christi will mean that CAFOD’s partners will be able to continue to support projects around the world.

CAFOD’s representative in Preston, Patrick Gardner, said:

“We would like to say a big thank you to Corpus Christi pupils and staff for joining us in transforming communities this Lent. The events looked like so much fun and really do show that by coming together and adding up all the small things, we can make a massive difference.”




Primary Schools across the Diocese of Lancaster have taken part in a pilgrimage to Lancaster Cathedral

Since September, more than 80% of Catholic primary schools in Lancaster Diocese have completed a pilgrimage to Lancaster Cathedral.


Schools journeyed from across the diocese to take part in a pilgrimage, which gave school children the opportunity to step out in faith, which was demonstrated through walking, song and prayer.


Students walking along the pilgrimage

The pilgrimage began at The Priory Church at Lancaster Castle. Whilst at the castle, children heard about Lancaster Martyrs. The school children journeyed through Lancaster to the City Museum, before walking to the Cathedral. As children walked through the city centre, they stopped at various stations to hear stories, local history, sing and pray. With each new footstep, the children progressed on their pilgrimage. Throughout the day, children were given the opportunity to participate in prayers, these were reflected on at the Cathedral.

Suzanne Smith, Head Teacher at St Bridget’s Catholic Primary School, said:

“Year six joined a number of other primary schools for a walking tour of Lancaster, finishing with collective worship in St. Peter’s Cathedral. Even though it was a wet day the children thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Children from across the Diocese of Lancaster, embraced the opportunity to put their faith into action. The pilgrimage days were organised as part of the Year of Mercy, which officially ended in November.

Miss S. Deakin, Head Teacher, St Francis Catholic Primary School, said:

“Year 5 children joined other schools on a Pilgrimage trip to Lancaster and it was truly wonderful.”

Over the year, CAFOD Education Volunteers visit schools to deliver assemblies and workshops. Our education volunteers were really excited to attend the pilgrimage and share the vital work of CAFOD with so many school children all at once! The students listened eagerly as they heard of CAFOD’s vital work in Bolivia.

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 Year six students at St Bridget’s, Egremont, took part in a celebration at St Peter’s Cathedral, Lancaster.

Local CAFOD representative in Lancaster, Patrick Gardner, said:

“Over the last few months, our education volunteers have taken part in a Year of Mercy Pilgrimage organised by the Lancaster Diocesan Education Centre, involving over 2000 school primary school children, from schools across the diocese. Thanks to our CAFOD education volunteers, each group of schools who attended the pilgrimage, were able to hear about the wonderful work of CAFOD.”