Augustine House - St John’s Mission
Augustine House has as its charity St John’s Mission in Hwange, Zimbabwe. The mission runs both an orphanage and a school. During Lent pupils in the house undertook many activities which raised £1000.
The continuing political turmoil in Zimbabwe has resulted in economic upheaval with the annual rate of inflation surging to 2,200,000% and high levels of unemployment. Schools are severely under funded or not funded at all. Father Tim Peacock runs the mission and has used our money to buy basic facilities for his school and neighbouring schools
Mrs M Moran (Head of Augustine House)
Benedict House - CAFOD
The charity we raise funds for in St. Benedict’s House is CAFOD. Representatives from CAFOD take Assemblies and lead PHSE sessions to keep us informed of current developments and projects. During Lent members of the house raise money by taking part in a wide range of events including fun runs, healthy cake sales, sponsored silences, football and basket tournaments. The total raised during Lent is typically over £2,000
Our House prayer is
We believe in a world made new,
Where mourning is turned into dancing and slaves are set free.
Open our hearts and teach us your compassion so that we may work for justice and peace.
Guide us as we work for your kingdom here on earth, that we may know your kingdom in heaven.
We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen”
Mr J McNulty (Head of St.Benedict House)
Hume House - The Passage
Hume House is unique in that it is named after Cardinal Archbishop Hume. Throughout his life he remained a humble man preferring a monk’s habit instead of Cardinal’s robes and is particularly remembered for his work with the homeless, hence the choice of The Passage as the charity for Hume House to support. The Passage runs the largest voluntary sector day centre for homeless people in London. Their mission is to provide resources which encourage, inspire and challenge homeless people to transform their lives.
The Passage fulfils its mission by providing:
- homelessness prevention projects;
- resource centre services;
- outreach services;
- hostel accommodation;
The pupils at St Gregory’s have donated sleeping bags, socks, gloves and hats to the Passage during the winter season as well as monies raised during lent.
Mrs A Taaffe (Head of Hume House)
Joseph House - St Joseph's Centre
Our house is named after St Joseph’s Pastoral Centre in Hendon which dedicates itself to educating, developing and supporting those with learning difficulties, many of whom have profound multiple disabilities. The Centre works with anyone who has a learning difficulty and requires help, regardless of faith, race, age, background or culture. All of the Joseph forms raise a substantial amount of money every year for St Joseph’s House during Lent. A representative from St Joseph’s Centre comes in to school to receive the cheque and inform the students how the money will be spent.
We also received this letter:
Dear Students of St Joseph’s House.
I am writing to you to thank you for your generous donation of £ 1.943.27. You raised so much for us; we really appreciate your kindness.
Your fundraising will help us provide our centre and our students with more materials for the different classes, and will also help towards the printing expenses for our Christmas appeal.
Well Done Joseph House on all your excellent efforts this year both with your fund raising and of course winning Sports day.
Mrs M Coyle (Head of Joseph House)
Bernadette House - Lourdes Pilgrimages
Bernadette House is very proud to support our HCPT Group that is run from St. Gregory’s. In 1954 Dr Michael Strode brought a small group of young children who were either sick or had a disability with him to Lourdes. He wanted these children to experience a pilgrimage holiday. He wanted them to stay in a hotel, have a trip to the seaside and go on a pony ride in the Pyrenees while at the same time experience the very special place that Lourdes is. In 1956 HCPT was established and every Easter over 5000 people travel to take part in its Pilgrimage Holliday. We are very lucky to have our own HCPT group at St Gregory’s who take ten children who may have physical, emotional, learning or social needs. The total cost for the children we take is done through fundraising and this enables the children to have a holiday of a lifetime and for families to have some respite. Last year over £2000 was raised. Well done Bernadette House on such a fantastic achievement. For more information on the life changing work that HCPT carries out please visit their website www.hcpt.org.uk
Miss S. McCarthy
Head of Bernadette House
Mary House - St Luke's Hospice
Mary House continues to actively support their local charity, St. Luke’s Hospice, throughout the school year and particularly during Lent. Members of the Hospice fund raising team regularly attend school assemblies to talk about their work and how pupils can become more involved with the Hospice.
St Luke's Hospice
Pupils raise money in a variety of ways; sponsored activities, silences, runs, selling raffle tickets, cake sales, selling badges, etc. St. Luke’s invited a group of pupils to the Hospice, where they ran a workshop about fundraising and the work the Hospice does.At the end of Lent, we invite a Hospice representative into the school to be presented with a cheque for the year’s fundraising, which typically exceeds £1500 per year. Well done Mary House for your excellent efforts!
Mr M Fletcher (Head of Mary House)