Notre Dame Catholic High School’s annual fund raising in aid of the Bishop’s Walk focused on the reality, rather than the dream, of providing a St Wilfrid’s Residential Unit this year, as the school year began with news that building work had begun on the Queens Road site over the summer.
Throughout September and October form tutors from each year group have worked with their students on a range of fund raising activities aimed at raising as much money as possible for the residential fund. Sean Pender, Deputy Head teacher and the schools’ representative on the Bishops’ Walk, spoke about the strong relationship that has been formed between St Wilfrid’s and Notre Dame. He commented, “Our students take a real interest in the work that goes on at the centre and the enthusiasm and commitment that goes in to the fund raising, although supported by form tutors, is driven by our young people putting their faith in to action. It’s more than simply raising money, it is raising their awareness of social justice.”
Kevin Bradley, director of St Wilfrid’s centre, visited a Year 8 assembly to receive a cheque from students for the grand total of £1,463.33. In addition, Sean Pender received sponsorship for the Bishops’ Walk from staff and members of the school community, raising over £500 and thus bringing the grand total to just over £2000.
Kevin spoke to the students about recent developments with the building of the residential unit and the impact their fundraising will have on the lives of many vulnerable people. He also mentioned that when he first proposed raising £2 million to build the centre many people described him as ‘crackers’ and ‘a dreamer’.
Students and staff at Notre Dame are delighted to play their part in making the dream of ‘Crackers Kevin’ a reality.