Sun filled annual CAFOD event for Bideford & Torrington breaks new local record!

fundraising web pages IMG_0866The Bideford & Torrington CAFOD Tea Afternoon and annual fundraiser took place at the home of Linda and Richard Escott on 2nd June 2018. The sun, which had shone for many weeks, continued to shine, making it a perfect day for the event.

Attending the event, along with many members of the Catholic parish, were neighbours, friends, and members of local walking groups and other churches who all came along to sit in the sunshine, chat, drink tea and coffee and indulge in a delicious cream tea or cakes.

Linda said “The usual stalls were bursting with crafts, books, plants, bric-a-brac and cakes. The raffle was as popular as usual and the helpers were hardworking and cheerful. Our total raised was the best yet at £1140! Richard and I thank all our helpers and everyone who came along to make the event such a success”.

All our huge thanks to Linda and Richard, all their fantastic team and all wh0 supported the event. All of the money raised with completely transform peoples lives around the world through CAFOD and our inspirational partners!

If you’re inspired by this wonderful event, why not think about organising your own fundraising event for CAFOD. Visit CAFOD’s fundraising web pages for more ideas and help to make a difference too…

Watch Bishop Mark’s personal Share the Journey video

Watch the powerful video from Bishop Mark O’Toole encouraging the Catholic community & all people of goodwill to take part in Pope Francis’ Share the Journey campaign. Find out more and pick up tools to organise your Share the Journey Walk:

(& don’t forget to let us know what you’re doing, email

Sharing the Journey, sharing our stories


Bishop Mark with Shakirul Islam, Omar Faruque & Pakhi from CAFOD partner OKUP


Marking Refugee Week we’re celebrating all of the fantastic stories we’ve been hearing a sharing of all of the Share the Journey actions that have taken place and are planned around the Diocese of Plymouth .

Bishop Mark helped us start our Share the Journey action by leading our campaign day at Buckfast Abbey on 5th May; opening the event with a powerful address on the Holy Father’s campaign, which inspired us all to immerse ourselves in the campaign and revisit our own stories of migration and refugees through his personal reflection and encouragement.

Speaking at the event we also heard from Shakirul Islam, Omar Faruque & Pakhi from CAFOD’s partner OKUP organisation in Bangladesh, about their vital work protecting migrant workers from abuse and supporting them afterwards. We were also joined by Libby Abbott from CAFOD’s campaign team who gave us a great overview of the Share Journey campaign and Nick Hanrahan from JRS who talked about their work with refugees in the UK.

At the Share the Journey event, organised by CAFOD and the Diocesan Justice and Peace commission, CAFOD volunteers and supporters joined J&P activists began to plan their campaign actions together.

Over the past few weeks parishes have been organising their Share the Journey walks and campaign actions around the diocese, and schools have organised whole school community and staff walks too! We have been inspired to hear about all of the actions and hope to hear stories from many other communities about their actions too; please  let us know your plans and share your stories and pics by emailing

…in the meantime see below a few of the beautiful photos from St Mary’s Abbey, Buckfast’s combined parish Share the Journey walk.

For more information about the Share the Journey campaign visit: or call us in the office on 01752 268768.