CAFOD and the Year of Mercy at St John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy

The pupils at St John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy have been extremely busy raising money for CAFOD over Lent, to mark the beginning of the Year of Mercy. The school raised £673.92 during their appeal. Angela Cooke, media volunteer for the Nottingham Diocese, writes about how they did it.

St John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy, which serves the parishes of English Martyrs and St Ralph Sherwin in the suburbs of south Derby, have been very busy this Lent with their fundraising for CAFOD’s Year of Mercy.

The primary school pupils began their celebration by creating a ‘Mercy Door’ -each pupil wrote a promise to show mercy to others onto a hand-shaped card, which were then stuck on the door into the main hall so all the pupils could enter the liturgy by the Mercy Door.

mercy door

The Mercy Door contains promises from each pupil detailing how they will show mercy to others in the Year of Mercy

The school also had a visit from their local CAFOD representative, Anna Bourke. Anna visited the pupils and staff on Shrove Tuesday to present CAFOD’s ‘Make a Splash’ Lenten appeal.

Read more about CAFOD’s ‘Make a Splash’ appeal

Throughout Lent the pupils were all involved in different activities. These included:

  • Filling a water bottle with coins (Year 6)
  • Sponsored fill the bottle with recycled water relay (Year 5)
  • Sponsored fancy dress fun run  (Year 4)
  • Money line – how long could they make a line of coins?  (Year 3)
  • Collecting copper coins in water containers (Year 2)
  • Cake and book sale (Year 1)
  • Afternoon Tea for parents (Reception)
  • Christmas money donations (rather than presents for staff from families)

The school raised an amazing £673.92, up on last year’s total of £597.33! Anna will be visiting the school again in the Summer Term to receive a cheque for the amount.

CAFOD is very grateful for the contribution from the school and the enthusiasm shown by all the pupils.

Jonathan Grattidge, co-head at the school, said that the children have enjoyed participating as a class in raising money for CAFOD again this year. The Make a Splash focus really helped the children relate to the importance of clean, safe water accessible for everyone.

Children walking through the Door of Mercy

The children walking through the Door of Mercy




Check out CAFOD’s Year of Mercy resources for primary schools

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