St. Gerard's RC Primary School
Avalon Court
Hemlington
Middlesbrough
TS8 9HU

Admin e-mail: michelle.wrightson@mcschools.org.uk

Telephone: (01642) 591820
Fax: (01642) 594069

Charities

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Our pupils are always keen to help those in need.  They truly live out the Gospel Values of generosity, love and justice and are often inspired by the work of CAFOD.

We constantly fund-raise throughout our school year. The children take great pride in the fundraising events and we are always fully supported by our parents.

Thank you so much for your support and generosity.

Charities we have supported this year include:

The Upper Room

For a number of years, the Upper Room at the John Paul Centre, Middlesbrough has been providing food on Saturday afternoons for those in need. Every week they get around 30 to 40 mainly young people who, for all sorts of reasons, are hungry.

This is sometimes because they are homeless, ‘on the street’ or because they are not in receipt of benefits and have no money to buy food or because they are struggling with difficulties or addictions and are not welcome in the food shops or cafes in town. The John Paul Centre, representing the Catholic Church in the town centre, has been filling the gap and providing food on Saturday afternoon.

The Upper Room is open on Saturday afternoons from 1.00-2.00 pm. We provide a selection of hot and cold food as well as tea and coffee and soft drinks. The Upper Room is also a place where people can come and sit for a time, something that is appreciated especially in the winter. We do not interrogate or judge those who come and, provided they follow the rules of the place, they are always welcome. They appreciate very much what is done for them and express their thanks in their own inimitable but touching ways.

CAUSE

Our annual CAUSE (Catholics Against Unemployment and Social Evils) Hamper Appeal was once again generously supported by parents, children and staff, meaning that we were able to donate wonderful collection of Christmas hampers to those less fortunate than ourselves this Christmas. Thank you.

CAFOD

Many thanks to all of the children and their families who donated their loose change to support our CAFOD’s Big Fish campaign. Your money will go towards helping people become more self-sufficient so that they too are able to go to school and live better lives.

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