Families fighting world hunger this Lent

We are so amazed and proud of everyone who has contributed to our ‘Family Fast Day’ which took place on 23rd of February. There have been so many communities and parishes supporting CAFOD’s initiative by enjoying a simple meal and donate the money saved to CAFOD. This Lent, CAFOD has been working to combat malnutrition in Zimbabwe by providing seeds and farming training for families and communities so that everyone has enough to eat.

As an example of the support, the parishioners from St Vincent’s church, Norden, raised £80 by holding their own simple soup lunch!

Graham Sivills, a parishioner from St Vincent’s, said: “It was wonderful to see the community coming together to support CAFOD.  We’re so pleased that the money raised will go to helping communities overseas, and that we could stand in solidarity with them this family fast day.”

St Vincents norden lent

It is great to see how communities come together and fight for world hunger. Worldwide, one in nine people regularly go hungry. Specially in Zimbabwe, one in three people are undernourished. January to March is the most difficult time of year for food. The rains start falling in November, but the harvest doesn’t start until April. The stores from last year are depleted – this time of year is known as the ‘hunger gap’.

Moreover, this year with the lent appeal the UK government is matching donations made by parishes like St Vincent’s to CAFOD’s work, showing how important the money raised will be for some of the world’s poorest people.

Thank you all for your continue support. With each campaign and each new action we realise how powerful we can be when we are united.

Have a wonderful day!

Written by Estefanía González


On Palm Sunday 25th March the Craft and Chatter group will be selling knitted Easter bunnies, Chicks and more to collect funds for CAFOD.


If you are around St Edward’s Parish Hall come and say ‘hi’. In return there is cake and coffee!


International Women’s Day 2018

Written by Annie Powell

Today we commemorate the amazing work of women all over the world. International Women’s Day is not only a celebration of the social, political and economic achievements of women over the past 100 years, but a reminder of the worldwide unification still needed as we strive for empowerment and parity.

CAFOD believes in the dignity and value of every person, regardless of gender. Tackling poverty requires equality, with both woman and men being part of the solution. Therefore, as we fight for the rights of our sisters and brothers all over the world, we must recognise the enhanced benefits for families and society provided by women and girls.

On International Women’s Day, CAFOD wants to highlight and celebrate our partners’ commitment to achieving gender equality.

Marian lives in Zimbabwe. For years she was unable to provide the food and water needed for her son to be a healthy and happy boy. However, with the donations from CAFOD’s supporters, she has been provided with the training and seeds required to produce vegetables for her family and the community. She now has another son who thrives as every child deserves.


This is an example of the amazing work of just one woman, and something that could be the reality for so many more as we continue to push for a world where the barriers that stop women from reaching their full potential are permanently removed.

Find out more about CAFOD’s work with women.