Newcastle under Lyme School raise over £500 to help villages in Uganda access clean water

Phil Mayland receiving the cheque for St Mary's

Phil Mayland receiving the cheque for St Mary’s

At the begining of term, Phil Mayland visited local school St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Newcastle under Lyme, to talk about CAFOD and has written this report about the school’s amazing fundraising. 


St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Newcastle under Lyme, have raised over £500 for CAFOD.

At the beginning of this term St Mary’s invited local CAFOD Schools Visitor Phil Mayland to deliver an assembly to the whole school on the Year of Mercy, and CAFOD’s work overseas, helping the most disadvantaged people in the world.

Find out more about CAFOD’s projects overseas

In response to this assembly the pupils and staff decided to raise funds for CAFOD. In particular, they were motivated by the Match Funding promised by the U.K. Government to give £1 for every £1 raised.

The school arranged raffles and had a non-uniform day. The staff organised a bread and soup lunch. Altogether St Mary’s raised £524.83. This amount is very generous as it was more than twice as much as previous fund raising appeals for CAFOD.

On Friday 13th May, Mr Mayland was invited to attend the school’s assembly. School Ambassadors Lottie and Ethan presented a cheque for £524.83 to Mr Mayland who received it on behalf of CAFOD. He thanked all the pupils and staff for their wonderful efforts.

Lottie said:

“When you raise money you feel happy because you are helping someone else”

Ethan said:

“Sometimes you feel sad to give your money away, but when you think it’s for the greater good it makes you feel better”.

This amount means, with match funding, St Mary’s have made it possible for CAFOD to receive over £1000 which will go towards their project in Uganda where CAFOD are working with partners Caritas Moroto to bring clean and safe water supplies to villages in the most remote areas of the country.

by Elizabeth Oxley and Phil Mayland



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