Madeline Steps into the Gap at LTU

We are delighted to welcome Madeline Woods to CAFOD in the Diocese of Leeds as a ‘Step into the Gap’ Volunteer. Madeline started her placement at Leeds Trinity University 4 weeks ago, welcoming Fresher’s and returning students and sharing opportunities for them to explore their faith through the chaplaincy services.

Madeline will be supporting the Chaplaincy team with CAFOD campaigns, prayer and fundraising actions throughout the year. As part of her year with CAFOD, Madeline will be visiting local schools and parishes to talk about her experience in Global Development and is currently preparing for her international visit, working with our charity partners in, Uganda.


Madeline has done quite a few things such as helping with tea on the landing at Leeds Trinity University and talking to staff and students about CAFOD. Recently Madeline organised a soup event for Harvest fast day raising £25, from doing this Madeline was able to raise awareness for CAFOD.


Today Madeline met the Mini Vinnies at St Nicholas Catholic Primary School in Leeds, to hear about their fundraising for CAFOD to support the people in Indonesia


If you would like to invite Madeline to your school or parish, please get in touch with Bronagh (0113) 275 9302 or send us an email to


For more information about CAFOD’s gap year programme ‘Step into the Gap’ please click here

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Leeds pupils Brighten Up lives across the world this Harvest

Local pupils have raised over £100 to help overseas communities living in extreme poverty.

Holy Name Catholic Voluntary Academy has held a number of exciting events through school to Brighten Up the lives of others around the world as part of development charity CAFOD’s Harvest fundraising campaign. holy name harvest bright prayers

On 5 October, every class in the school got involved in the campaign: making colourful mosaics, prayer spots and year two were even able to climb over the rainbow!


This year, due to poverty and injustice, Harvest will not be bright for millions of children and young people around the world who will miss out on food, clean water and even going to school.


But the support of schools in places like Leeds is helping to change this by raising money, enabling CAFOD to work alongside some of the world’s poorest communities as they find ways to overcome their many challenges.


RE Lead at Holy Name, Philip Stewardson, said: “On CAFOD’s Family Fast Day, Holy Name concentrated on the theme of ‘Brighten up’.  We had an introduction assembly that explained to the children the role of CAFOD and how even the small amounts can help – this was linked to sweets and games consoles.”


CAFOD’s representative in Leeds, Joanne Clark, said:


“Harvest is a time of abundance of both crops and of life in the community. This event has shown the abundance of compassion in Holy Name, whose kindness will help communities around the world.”

Leeds Diocese Remember Loved Ones At Memorial Mass

Leeds diocesan parishioners gathered together to pay respects to loved ones who have died at a CAFOD memorial mass. 


A book of remembrance was presented at the mass

The mass took place on Friday November 3 at St Cuthbert’s Church in Bradford and a book of remembrance including the names of CAFOD supporters who have sadly died this year was handed over.

After the mass, there was an opportunity to enjoy a soup lunch in aid of CAFOD, which takes place once a month.

Molly Somerville organises the soup lunches. She said: “We have homemade vegetarian soup with bread and cheese once a month. This is after 12pm mass on the first Friday of the month.


Parishioners enjoyed a soup lunch after the memorial mass

“During Lent this is every Friday and it has become a tradition which has been running for more than 10 years!”

CAFOD representative in Leeds, Bronagh Daly, said: “This is a lovely way to remember loved ones and was CAFOD’s opportunity to stop and say thank you for the incredible impact our supporters have made.

“We hope the soup lunches carry on running at St Cuthbert’s Church for many years to come!”

For more information on CAFOD memorial masses, visit our website.