On Saturday 6th June St Bernadette’s Shevington and St Marie’s Standish walked 11.5 miles in torrential rain and raised an amazing £1,773.00 for CAFOD. Here’s how Joyce Madden from St Bernadette’s Parish described their day.
“This is the 10th time that Parishioners and friends have completed the 11.5 mile walk from Fleetwood to Blackpool South. It has become something of an institution. This year, however, the Group’s worst possible fears were realised when members woke to the sounds of rain splashing against their window panes.
“Would anyone turn up? Had we hired a coach just to use some of our precious bank balance to cover the expenditure? We’d already warned our PP, Fr John, that he would have to walk no matter what because of the sponsorship that had been offered by our very generous Parishioners at St Bernadette’s and St Marie’s Churches.
“As you can see from the photo our intrepid walkers didn’t let us down. The weather was dreadful – cold as well as wet, we had to stand to eat our lunches at Bispham to avoid damp derriers, and to cap it all when we arrived at the end of the walk – the pub was shut for refurbishment!
So we certainly earned the £1,773.00. We were delighted that £1,210.50 of it was gift aided.
Until next year………”
Footnote: a local Parish Priest made a comment about some of the things we do to raise funds for CAFOD and we think it fits the bill: “What a masochistic way to raise funds for the world’s neediest! It must have something to do with that English heresy called pelagianism, which thinks it all depends on me. Well it does doesn’t it?”
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