November is the month of Remembrance for the Catholic community. It is a time during which we pray for our departed loved ones. Southwark just honoured those who have passed away this past weekend with our Memorial Mass at The Holy Family Parish in Sanderstead. One way to honour their legacy would be to set up a Candlelight Fund.
This November marked the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. We honour and remember all who had lost their lives, their loved ones or know anyone who suffered at the expense of the War. It is also a time to honour our close relatives and friends who passed away. If you would like to set up a lasting tribute to a loved one or continue their legacy, hear from a CAFOD supporter on what her Candlelight fund means to her.
Kathy’s Candlelight Fund for her son Robbie
Kathleen says: “I lost my only son, Robbie Sharp, in 2009, who lived with cerebral palsy from birth. Robbie needed lots of love, care and attention, which he was never short of. I was so grateful to all the volunteers who had helped Robbie, a few years later I wanted to put something back into the community.” A couple of years after her son Robbie died, Kathleen decided to turn her grief into something positive and set up a Candlelight Fund in Robbie’s memory
“Robbie was a wonderful young man and it is a great comfort to me to see that his memory is living on and he would be very happy to know that he is helping people around the world. There are also annual Candlelight Masses around the country and I have attended one locally which was very memorable. Robbie’s candlelight fund has raised over £6470 now.”
Using the amount Robbie’s fund has raised, some examples that his Candlelight fund could help with would be enough water for around nine communities. Or around 72 life changing loans that will help families in need. No matter what amount, Candlelight funds can change the lives of many while honouring the life of someone we love.
If you are interested in setting up a Candlelight fund, but are not sure how to do this, read more about our Candlelight Funds below.
What is a Candlelight Fund?
A Candlelight Fund is a special fund set up in the memory of a loved one who has died,
combining all donations made in their memory. Setting up a fund can be a personal act of remembrance or you can invite others to join in carrying on a loved ones legacy.
The money raised can benefit a charity of your choice or fund a particular area of CAFOD‘s work. If there is a particular area of our work that meant a lot to your loved one, tell us about it and we will do our best to accommodate it.
Losing a loved one is a painful experience, and while little can be said to soften the loss, many Candlelight families find comfort in knowing that their loved one’s memory lives on and that they are contributing to making a big difference in someone else’s life.
Find out more about Candlelight Funds
If you would like to find out more about Candlelight Funds or would like to set up a fund in memory of a loved one, email us with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7095 5348 for a chat.