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Notre Dame Catholic High School continued its annual fund raising in aid of the Bishop’s Walk with students determined to beat last year’s total.

Deputy Headteacher, Sean Pender, who represented the school on the walk, explained to each year group during assemblies at the beginning of 2014, that with two Bishop’s taking part in this year’s walk, outgoing Bishop John and newly arrived Bishop Ralph, Notre Dame had to pull something extra special out of the bag.

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 St Wilfrid’s Centre.  As Sean Pender pointed out, the students need little encouragement to support St Wilfrid’s.  “When I ask in assembly who has never heard of St Wilfrid’s Centre, there is barely a hand raised.

“It’s a true Sheffield institution and our students are well aware of the invaluable work that goes on there supporting the most vulnerable members of our society.  It’s a great reference point for us to highlight what faith in action and social justice look like, right on our doorstep.”

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Kevin Bradley, Director of St Wilfrid’s Centre, visited a Year 8 assembly to receive a cheque from students for the grand total of £1,740.48.  In addition, Sean Pender received sponsorship from staff and members of the school community, raising a further £600.  Kevin was keen to thank the students for all their efforts and took time to explain to them the difference such fund raising makes in the lives of so many people who rely on the centre.

The whole school community is very excited to think that, with the help of God, before too long, they will be able to point to a brand new residential unit on Queens Road and proudly proclaim that they did their bit to help make Kevin’s dream a reality.