At SJF we are passionate about helping our community. So far this year we have run two major charitable initiatives:
Cardinal Hume Centre
From September to December 2018, we worked with Dr. Mary Hickey of the Cardinal; Hume Centre to support homeless people living in London.
Did you know?
- According to the Guardian’s figures, the average age of a rough sleeper at death was 43, nearly half the UK life expectancy.
- Around 90% of those who died in the last five years were men.
- One in every 200 people in UK are homeless, according to Shelter
In the months leading up to winter, we collected items including travel-sized toiletries, sleeping bags, sweets and warm clothes to donate to the centre. These were then delivered by some of our students shortly before Christmas. Dr. Hickey wrote to us, ‘“We were astounded at the number and variety of gifts you brought for the homeless. We are very grateful for your support. The patients are also very pleased for your thoughtfulness. Many find Christmas a stressful time and any gift is appreciated. With thanks again for your help. God bless you all.” Thank you to everyone in our community who helped out.
Students and staff delivering items to the Cardinal Hume Centre
Medway Street Angels
Throughout the Easter Season, until Pentecost, the RE department is collecting donations of clothes, toiletries or household items for Medway Street Angels.
The Medway Street Angels support up to 70 homeless people in Medway. Amber Gilbert, an alumnus of St John Fisher Catholic School, set up the Medway Street Angels charity three years ago. She saw that the number of homeless people on the streets of Medway was steadily increasing and wanted to do something about it. So with a few other volunteers, she began collecting donations and meeting to distribute to the homeless. The charity now provides a meal for anyone who is in need twice a week and distributes items to those in need.
Preferential option for the poor is a key theme of Catholic Social Teaching and it is expected that all Catholics should consider what they can do to support the poor. However, our whole school community is invited and encouraged to participate in this act of kindness. Please donate items for the charity including: shirts/trousers, socks/shoes, toiletries (toothpaste/brushes, shampoo, deodorant, etc.), house-hold goods, gloves/scarves, tents/ sleeping bags, non-perishable food items, giving them to your RE teacher.
Please visit http://www.themedwaystreetangels.co.uk/ for more information about the charity.