Celebrating Andrea Allcock, one of our education volunteers

Andrea has just completed her first year of volunteering for CAFOD, as an education volunteer. She has been a wonderful addition to the volunteer team in Salford and has visited a number of schools, both primary and secondary.

Andrea works brilliantly with both the children and the teachers that she meets. She is great at engaging children with CAFOD’s stories, on a level they can understand. Often after Andrea’s visits, children enthusiastically take up fundraising and other CAFOD activities in school. She works closely with the teachers, and keep in touch after her visit. She’s also great at sharing her experiences on Twitter!

Andrea offers a lot to her volunteering with CAFOD, often going out of her way to help when needed, despite having a busy family life!

We’d like to say a big thank you to Andrea for doing so much for CAFOD and the schools she works in, even in her first year of volunteering!andrea


Fairtrade Break at Loreto

Staff at Loreto High School, Chorlton, celebrated Fairtrade fortnight with a Fairtrade break in the staffroom. This was well attended and raised awareness about the importance of Fairtrade.

CAFOD founded the Fairtrade Foundation in 1992 along with Christian Aid, Oxfam, Traidcraft, the World Development Movement and the National Federation of Women’s Institutes.

Fairtrade products such as cocoa, coffee, tea, sugar, fruit, cotton and thousands of other top quality goods have been bought by companies for sustainable prices. This ensures that the world’s poorest growers and producers are able to earn a decent living and have a little extra to put back into their communities.


The pupils who just keep on giving


Year 4 Pupils of Clitheroe School, Stonyhurst, St Mary’s Hall.

On Friday, many communities across the country took part in Lent Fast Day. Claudio Rodrigues explains how one school plans to fundraise with a ‘Splash of Purple’ day. 

Pupils at a Clitheroe school, Stonyhurst, St Mary’s Hall, have continued their fundraising mission with their latest efforts hoping to provide resources, training and education for Zambian families.

Last week, Year 4 pupils at St Mary’s Hall, Stonyhurst, organised an assembly to tell the rest of their school about their plan to help turn little fish into Big Fish, as part our annual Lent fundraising campaign.

Watch the Young People’s Lent film: BIG FISH

The pupils are hoping that their ‘Splash of Purple’ day will be able to raise £558, enough to purchase three fish ponds for Zambian communities. These ponds will enable them to turn one fish into a whole business and provide them with an income to support their families.


Florence in Zambia with a fish pond that she created with the help of CAFOD partners.

This fundraising attempt is the latest in a series of kind acts by pupils at the school. Last year, after listening to an assembly about our work in Bolivia, lower prep pupil Alicia Mae decided to donate all her birthday money to buy a greenhouse for a Bolivian family to help them grow crops.

Donate to CAFOD’s Lent Fast Day appeal

CAFOD representative, Stephen Burrowes, said: “Inspired by Alicia Mae’s kindness, I have since been putting all my spare change in CAFOD collection boxes”.

Stephen continued on to say: “When I visited the school to help with the Year 4 assembly, I was able to hand over all the spare change that I had been collecting.


Florence from Zambia whose life has been transformed through fish farming.

“When it was all counted, I was amazed to see that there was £177.20 in the boxes, just short of what they needed for their first pond. The Headteacher Mr Murphy, who was at the assembly, immediately threw in the extra £9 required which meant that the school can already purchase one of the ponds!

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“I would like to wish them the best of luck in their fundraising and say what an inspiration they are to so many in the local community.”

Alongside their fundraising, one of the school’s other projects involves growing fruit and vegetables in the school’s allotment. The pupils are now hoping to donate the produce to local refugee groups, so that they can have fresh produce, alongside the regularly donated packets and tins.