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…

Huge thank you for all of our fantastic volunteers

To all of our fantastic volunteers,

Sending you all of our huge thanks for all of your fantastic volunteering with CAFOD here in the Diocese of Plymouth – Truly you have transformed many lives and acted in true partnership and solidarity of our sisters and brothers around the world…

Watch this video from Geoff O’Donoghue, CAFOD’s Director of Operations, saying thank you and wishing you every blessing from CAFOD and the communities enabled in the 40 countries in which we work in:




Priory Colourful Fundraising Fun Run

We are delighted to share an update from one of our fantastic schools, Priory in Torquay. We are sure you will agree it is such a fantastic story that will not only have a huge amount of impact though its support for CAFOD’s programmes and partners, but it would have also had a huge impact on individual pupils providing them colourful memories.

Blast of colour at the end of 1/2 Fun Run

The school writes:

After the success of last year’s Fun Run, Priory School took part in a ‘Charity Colour Run Half Marathon’ to raise funds for CAFOD. Training took place after school on Tuesdays between April and July. The children involved had to attend all sessions in order to have completed the required distance by the final session. Some of our training took place off site in the surrounding area. The final ‘thirteenth’ mile was concluded on July 11th 2017 taking place on Priory’s school field. Upon completion of the thirteenth mile, a ‘Colour Paint Throw’ took place which was quite a big, bright and colour crazy event. Children were also presented with a medal as a reward for their amazing achievement.

We are very proud of our pupils and delighted to have raised £175.00.

Blast of colour at the end of 1/2 Fun Run - Priory School Torquay.

Pupil testimonies:

I enjoyed the whole thing, especially those excitable moments when I got my dazzling golden medal and when I tipped baby blue powder paint over my head and white shirt, (which is now yellow, blue and purple.) When I needed help the amazing teachers – including my mum – were always there with compliments and support. And one of the best things was that my friends were there; Petta and Zoe.

Katie – Class 5

The half marathon was lots of work. It was tiring. It was good exercise.  On our last run we had some paint, it was messy but lots of fun and a hard job.  I think it is a great sport.

Brogan – Class 2

A huge congratulations and thanks from all of us at CAFOD to the amazing pupils and staff at Priory Catholic Primary School and their wonderful supportive parents.