Blessed Sacrament Friday Drop-In

Maggie Mairura, Community Participation Coordinator in Nottingham writes……..


Volunteers and visitors to the Friday Drop-In gather for the Christmas Dinner

Today I had the pleasure of visiting Blessed Sacrament parish in Leicester. The Friday drop-in has been supporting CAFOD since its beginning. The drop-in was started by parish volunteers and initially Fr John Joe Moloney thought it would only keep going for 6 weeks, providing clothes and household items at low prices for the local community.  Now 18 years later they also support other local charities by donating their surplus stock to them. Maureen Pipes explained that the local community in Braunstone visit too and two years running they have won the Braunstone Award for Group Service to the Community.  It’s a safe, welcoming place to come for a cuppa and a chat. 



Fr John Joe Moloney with the volunteers who were serving up Dinner

The money raised from sales of clothes, bric a brac and refreshments is donated to local and international charities. So we are very blessed to be the recipients of their fundraising. 


It was lovely to have the opportunity to say a very big thank you to the parish for the support and commitment they have shown to CAFOD in fundraising to support our partners and projects overseas.  From our records, which on our current database go back to 1990, the parish have raised an amazing £146,582.49!  


Maureen Pipes presenting a cheque for £5000 to Maggie Mairura, CPC Nottingham

Appeal launched in Nottingham to respond to the Ethiopian drought

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Two failed rainy seasons which supply over 80% of Ethiopia’s agricultural crops has exhausted people’s ability to cope and they have simply run out of options for feeding their families and animals. We are appealing to our supporters in the Nottingham diocese to help provide food, clean water and basic sanitation

Please donate today

The devastating food shortage has been caused by two failed rainy seasons that has led to a severe drought, fuelled by one of the strongest El Nino weather patterns recorded. CAFOD’s partners in Ethiopia have been responding to the crisis since last year, reaching people with emergency food assistance and clean water. We are now appealing for £3 million to help those worst affected.

CAFOD representative for Nottingham, Maggie Mairura, said:

“Ethiopia faces a food shortage that has left millions without enough food to survive the months ahead. We’re already responding to the crisis through our local Ethiopian partners and we’re asking people here to support us and them so we can escalate our on-going emergency response.

“Our supporters here in the Nottingham diocese have always been generous both in times of emergency and for our ongoing work, with many parishes and schools coming together for our Refugee Appeal.

They are out fundraising and praying for the communities in Ethiopia. Because of this, we will be able to get more emergency aid to those who need it most.”

How you can help

CAFOD is asking for people to give, act and pray in solidarity with the people of Ethiopia and those affected by the drought.

01 ADCS Mekele Herit-24 on her  plot of land

Even the smallest donation can make a massive difference to help us reach people in remote and isolated communities.

  • £16 can buy 100kg of maize to feed a family of five for a month
  • £35 provides a monthly food basket containing wheat, cooking oil and pulses
  • £83 can provide 100kg of wheat seeds for farmers to sow

Shiferaw Mamo, Programme Coordinator for our partner, the Catholic Secretariat of Ethiopia, told us:

“Whatever anyone is able to give; £5, £20 or £100, they must know that they are saving lives; what they give changes a life.”

Donate to the appeal

Coffee with CAFOD, (but no ice-cream!)


                              Patrick gives the money he raised to Maggie Mairura

The ice-cream tub was placed proudly on the table, between all the CAFOD supporters meeting Maggie and Louise in The McGuinness Centre for their very first “Coffee with CAFOD” morning. Patrick Doyle, CAFOD supporter from Our Lady of Perpetual Succour parish, Bulwell, Nottingham had just popped next door after Mass to meet us. The ice-cream tub? It was full of loose change which Patrick asks all visitors to his house to contribute to for CAFOD, even the gas repair man! £21 had been raised by Patrick in this simple way. Maggie and Louise are looking forward to catching up with many more people and their stories on their monthly coffee mornings. The next one is Monday 18th January, 9 — 11. Open to all parishes in Nottingham. Why not come along and meet us and get bang up to date with CAFOD’s work overseas, and the simple ways that you could help? You don’t need to bring money! Or ice-cream! See you there!