On Saturday 27th October Carol Hill (Director of Catholic Care) attended the Annual Dinner of the Catenian Association, Wharfedale Circle as a Guest of Ian Monger, the 2017 President. Catholic Care were the nominated charity during the year of Ian’s Presidency. The charity has a special place in Ian’s heart as he and his wife worked at the House of Light residential home for adults with a learning disability for many years.
After the meal Carol was presented with a cheque for £2,000. “This is an amazing amount” said Carol “I will ensure that we put it to good use in helping those who are disadvantaged, vulnerable and marginalised in our society”
Carol went on to talk about, by way of example, the Holiday Hunger Project which the charity ran for the first time this summer based on a donation of £2,000:
Many of the families we support experience hardship and poverty, this is often exacerbated during school holidays when free meals at school are not available. There are approximately 170 non school days a year where children cannot access free school meals. As part of the Holiday Hunger Project we delivered 112 holiday hampers to families across the Diocese. With the money we were also able to support 2 school summer camps in the Leeds area. At Corpus Christi we were able to feed 40 children each day for a week and, at St. Anthony’s Primary School we provided a hot cooked two course lunch for 50 children for a week.
Finally, we provided 15 mothers and their young children with food for the day when they visited Eureka Children’s Museum on the first Gianna summer outing.
Carol told those present that she hoped their very kind donation will support a project which reaches out in the same way as the Holiday Hunger project and she promised to keep them all informed.