Supporting UK Aid – MP Correspondents make a difference

CAFOD MP Correspondents (MPC) write to their MP about issues of global justice, usually (but not exclusively) in connection with CAFOD campaigns. Through these letters, correspondents build a personal connection with their MP, grab their attention and give them a mandate to act. MPCs cover about 80% of the constituencies, that is over 450 MPs. This has the real potential to influence government international and domestic policy.  It isn’t an onerous role either and is ideal for people who would like to make a difference by volunteering but feel they have not much time to give.

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CAFOD aid lobby

MPCs from across the country were invited to meet MPs  in Parliament on 17 October. The aim was to raise issues with approximately 60 MPs on World Poverty and overseas aid.  Several other agencies were also involved, including Save the Children, UNICEF, and VSO.  Each participant was asked to contact their MP in advance to arrange a meeting  during the afternoon.

John Barker, one of our diocese MPCs  representing the East Oxford constituency, was there to meet his newly elected MP Annalise Dobbs. There were also four other representatives from different agencies, making East Oxford the best represented constituency.  John tells us:

John Barker supporting CAFOD campaigns

Initially, Ms Dobbs said was unable to attend because of Parliamentary Business. However, she considered the issues so important that at the last  minute decided to reschedule her appointments to meet with us for about half an hour.  Although this gave us little time to prepare, we were able to explain the reason for our visit to Parliament and raise many issues. We urged Ms Dobbs to support maintaining the Government’s commitment to overseas aid  and oppose any attempt to divert funding elsewhere, thereby lessening the impact of UK funded aid programmes.

Everyone felt it was a very successful day.  In particular, it was useful to discover synergies and network with representatives from other agencies, as well as meeting CAFOD MPC from different constituencies.  With this new impetus, the East Oxford group agreed to keep in touch and support each other in their efforts to lobby their MP.

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‘Friday Suppers’ cookbook launched


CAFOD has launched a cookbook, Friday Suppers, featuring recipes written by the former recipe tester to the UK’s best-selling cookery writer Delia Smith.

The book was written by Pauline Curran, a lifelong Catholic who worked alongside Delia Smith for two decades, to provide inspiration for meat-free meals for those observing Friday abstinence. It includes a foreword from Delia and contains 40 meat-free recipes, written with value for money and availability of ingredients in mind.

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Friday Suppers fits in perfectly with our Harvest Appeal, during which we’d like you to ‘make a place at your table’ for those with less food to eat.

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The cookbook is full of simple, family-friendly recipes, perfect for a Harvest fundraising meal. All proceeds raised from sales of the £6.99 book will go to support our work helping those living in extreme poverty across theFridaySuppersCover world.

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The book’s author, Pauline Curran, said:

“I know that when Friday evening comes around after a long week, a lot of people are stuck for easy meal ideas. With that in mind, I put together this recipe book in the hope that it would inspire people to cook more tasty, simple Friday suppers. I admire greatly the work of CAFOD and I’m so pleased to know that my recipe book is contributing to this work.”

Long-standing CAFOD supporter and cookery writer Delia Smith said:

“When Pauline opened the boot of her car and nonchalantly unloaded masses of the most delicious food for one of our parish parties, I recognised instantly that she had a very special talent. She has a deep faith, and like many of us is concerned that so many people in the world do not have enough to eat. So, please buy as many copies of the recipe book as you can, tell all your friends, and then hopefully we will have a runaway bestseller, and from that a lot of people will be able to receive some help.”

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Top of our list of recipes we can’t wait to make are Swiss cheese pancakes, hot king prawn curry and the very moreish Moorish vegetables with coriander couscous! And with autumn just around the corner, we’re sure that the recipe for pumpkin soup with chilli croutons will go down a storm. Get your hands on a copy of the book while stocks last and let us know which your favourite recipes are.

The meat-free recipes are also ideal for those trying to cut their carbon footprint in support of our One Climate, One World campaign.

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To order a copy of Friday Suppers call 0300 011 5680 or visit

Frances raises funds for new dam in Kitui Diocese

Long-standing CAFOD volunteer at St Mary’s, Harborne,  Frances Kerr has set aside some of her holiday time to raise funds for CAFOD.

This summer her family holidayed on St Mary’s Island in the Scilly Isles. Despite only doing fairly short runs usually, Frances was inspired by the Hands On Kitui programme to run around the island and get sponsored. She is aiming towards a target of £500 which is going towards the renewing of the dam in Kitui diocese, Kenya, so that 600 families have clean water again.121 (1)

Frances said: “The island turned out to be 13 miles in circumference, not 11!  It was very hot, very hilly, and very scenic!  Family kept me company through out and kept telling me that sitting down was bad for me and it was easier to keep running, so I did!”

Well done Frances! Normally only running short distances, Frances has gone the extra mile to support those in need.

You can support her cause here.
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