Linda is our parish volunteer at Brownedge, St Mary’s at Bamber Bridge and, as such, has a great team of people around her to assist in this role. She is a lovely warm person who is instrumental in ensuring things happen in the parish from the 2 annual Fast Days to the monthly meetings after daily mass on the first Friday of the month. She encourages fundraising and has found ingenious ways to raise money for CAFOD from selling unwanted jewellery to organising a hugely successful music evening with her daughter’s choir. She leads the parish in the Connect2 programme and hosted our visitors from El Salvador, when they came over a couple of years ago. Her spirit is palpable as is her commitment to those in the Global South. She is always willing to share her ideas and works with local parishes in a mutually supportive way. She has enabled us to have our fast day briefings in her parish and has encouraged the parishioners to attend. She is a huge asset as one of our parish volunteers. She is pictured here standing next to her husband, Philip.
John works tirelessly for CAFOD in his parish of Our Lady of Dolours in the Diocese of Salford and has done so for a number of years. He is part of a CAFOD group and his team involve their parish in a number of great fundraising events. As well as this, John is a campaign volunteer and an MP correspondent (MPC) for CAFOD, writing to his MP three times a year. He also lobbies his local MP and recently took part in the ‘Speak Up’ event.
John has long supported CAFOD’s public campaign events. As far back as 2005, John participated in the famous ‘Make Poverty History’ march in Edinburgh as well as the ‘Drop the Debt’ Campaign. As his parish covers two constituencies he lobbies both MPs. During the last election, he organised a parish meeting, to which two MPs were invited and questioned on issues relating to the international aid budget and climate change issues.
John is a great example of someone who is able to mobilise a team. John specialises in campaigning and had much success in organising his parish to sign CAFOD’s campaign action cards. Over 200 of these were signed relating to CAFOD’s climate change campaign. John is a great volunteer who puts his faith into action to challenge the structures that keep people in the Global South in poverty.