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Supported Charities

Our Lady of Fatima supports a handful of very great charitable causes, both locally and internationally. We have a phenomenal small team of Fundraisers who quietly and brilliantly volunteer their time helping to raise funds - their work has been extraordinary. 

AFRICA CHARITY WORK

The Friends of Abeokuta, Nigeria

There has been one main charitable cause which Our Lady of Fatima has helped for many years now and it all began back in 1988 when Fr Joseph from Abeokuta in Nigeria visited our parish. From that time on Our Lady of Fatima has been supporting The Friends of Abeokuta Diocese by financially supporting the training and retreat programmes of the Catechists and the construction of churches, nurseries and priests housing.

One World Group

Also, since the 1990s our parish 'One World Group' has supported and helped raise funds for water supply, construction, education and health in both Bugisi and Zanzibar in Tanzania. We are now looking at ways in which we can help support the parish of Butonga in Tanzania through Fr Elias too.

This Fundraising Team has run so smoothly, under the radar, that not even many parishioners know about it. The team raises funds by holding Car Boot Sales. Tony magically crams all our booty into his van and ferries the team to and from the venues. All the items for sale are kindly donated by our parishioners. 

JUSTICE & PEACE - UK & INTERNATIONAL CHARITIES

As well as the above, Our Lady of Fatima parish supports a number of other charities including Friends of the Holy Land, CAFOD, Food Bank, and most recently Mary's Meals (to whom we recently donated a huge number of bags containing clothing, kindly donated by our parishioners).

Fairtrade

Another charity our parish supports is Fairtrade - our volunteers, led by Hilda, sell their products sporadically throughout the year, raising funds for Farmers and their families.

Supporting Justice and Peace Campaigns 

We have also been involved with the Cancel the Debt Campaign, Christian Solidarity and protests against the Armaments Trade by attending rallies and writing letters as well as supporting a local Homeless Night Shelter Project.

Our core team consists of Hilda, Emma and Tony but we are now promoting this amazing Fundraising Team in order to recruit new members who will be happy to help out with future fundraising events, especially car boot sales. The team meet on a monthly basis to discuss and arrange upcoming events.

By helping others who are less fortunate, not only are we providing a huge support mechanism for them, but at the same time, we are also helping ourselves grow spiritually.


If you need further information about our supported charities, please contact the presbytery (parish office). 


FRIENDS OF THE HOLY LAND:  The Suffering church

Friends of the Holy Land Peter Rand of the Friends of the Holy Land spoke to Parishioners at all Masses on the weekend of 20th December 2015 about the challenges and sufferings of the Christian population in the Middle East especially in the Holy Land. In the space of a few generations Christian presence in the Holy Land has fallen from over 25% of the population to under 2%. There is a real danger that unless urgent action is taken to support Christians in the Holy Land the most precious sites of our Christian story touched by Jesus himself may become a museum to Christianity rather than living communities of faith. Peter Rand also invited the community of Our Lady of Fatima to consider how we may support specific Christian communities in the Holy Land in years to come. If anyone would like to be involved in this initiative please see Fr Richard - everyone is invited to watch this film which gives a deeper picture of the work of the Friends of the Holy Land.

The Suffering Church