Leeds School girl Lois, is a shining example of Live Simply

Lois is a student from Holy Name Catholic Primary school in Leeds, and is taking direct action campaigning to make sure Leeds schools use less single use plastic, all in her bid to become the next Children’s Lord Mayor or Leeds.

                                      Lois’ campaign message on single use plastic

Lois Alex Sobel MP

Lois gets support and advice from her local MP Alex Sobel, inspiring others to ‘Live Simply’

Holy Name Primary school have been involved with CAFODs Live Simply award (one of two primary schools from the parish of Our Lady of Kirkstal)

Lois is raising awareness of how to reduce single use plastic in her school and the message has spread across social media and on local radio broadcasts.

Lois has been visiting other Catholic Primary schools across the deanery and met her local MP Alex Sobel to make sure this issue of reducing single use plastic is heard by the widest audience possible

Lois said “I hope this campaign as part of my bid to become Children’s Lord Mayor, will encourage schools in Leeds to reduce their use of single use plastic and stop creating such a polluting impact on our oceans.”

CAFOD representative, Bronagh Daly said “Lois is such an inspiration for our school children, her actions can inspire more people in our Diocese to do more to reduce their dependency on single use plastic, and care for our common home. We wish Lois all the very best of luck for her campaign to become the next Children’s Lord Mayor of Leeds.”

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For more information on the voting process for the Children’s Lord Mayor of Leeds, click here (voting closes 19 September 2018

For more information on how your parish can become a Live Simply click here.

Sat 13th Oct: Live Simply Day of Recollection

CAFOD supporter and campaigner, Margaret Sibbery will be leading on a day of recollection based on the Papal encyclical Laudato Si’.

live simply day 13 Oct 2018


To book your place, please complete this form, and return it, along with your payment of £20 to the Parish Office at Holy Name, 52 Otley Road, Leeds. LS16 6HW.

(Please mark your  booking form for the attention of Su Goodyear)

Final numbers are needed by 28th September 2018.

Event: Sensing the Presence of God

Date: Saturday 13th October 2018

Overview: A day to grow in the spirituality of Laudato Si’, led by Margaret Siberry, with time for reflection and private prayer.

Price: £20

Venue: Hinsley Hall Pastoral Centre, Headingley Lane, Leeds. LS6 2BX


For more information, please contact Suzanne Oakes:

suzanne.oakes@btinternet.com / landline 0113 256 9351 / Mobile 07722 960585


Schools volunteer looks back on using the Lampedusa Cross



Lampedusa cross in the Leeds Volunteer Centre

The Lampedusa cross used by Paddy resting in the Leeds Volunteer Centre.

Schools Volunteer and Deanery Coordinator Paddy Spiller from Leeds recently used CAFOD’s Lampedusa Cross in a number of diocesan events. Here she sheds light on her recent experiences:


“The Lampedusa Crosses are made from the wreckage of the boat carrying refugees that foundered off the island of Lampedusa on 3 October 2013 with the loss of 349 lives. On two occasions I have used the Lampedusa Cross which is kept at the CAFOD office in Leeds.

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The first occasion was at St Joseph’s school in Barnoldswick. With the top two classes, in the school hall, I lead a workshop on refugees. I had hoped that afterwards there might be time to do the Lampedusa Cross pilgrimage, but it was not to be. However, I did spend a couple of minutes walking around the hall, in among the groups of young people, talking about the cross. Following the workshop the significance of the cross was evident to them.

The second occasion was at the Knights of St Columba Youth Seminar which was held at Leeds Trinity University recently. Having started with a short discussion using the “Refugee Statistics Icebreaker” information, we made our pilgrimage around the chapel, an ideal space for this pilgrimage as it is spacious and fairly round, including a sizeable area of open floor space which easily accommodated my shower curtain map with about thirty people standing around it. All the people present wrote a message to the refugees.

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Next month, one evening after Mass, I am leading the pilgrimage in my own parish. I might have to put the map on PowerPoint, so that everyone can see it as I think the shower curtain might take up too much space, unless we move some chairs……? I’ve got a month to work that one out!”

If you or your parish would like to use the Lampedusa Cross or organise a pilgrimage, please ring Joanne Taylor on 0113 275 9302.