Freda and John’s fundraising success!

Every year, Freda and John host an amazing garden party at their house in Bexley. They sell plants, organise a raffle, and supply people with cakes, sandwiches, tea and coffee. It is a wonderful way to raise money for a cause close to their hearts, and this year was a great success as always. 

A brilliant fundraiser

It was a bright, breezy day, and thankfully the rain held off. Prior to the event, Freda and John sold plants at their Keep Fit Class and collected raffle prizes. Then on the day, 60 people came! They welcomed new faces from their church, St Stephens in Bexley, as well as St. Thomas More’s, St. John Vianney and Our Lady of the Angels.

John and Freda's garden Party

Freda and John sold plants at their fundraiser to raise extra money for CAFOD!

Freda and John arranged for waitresses to serve their guests tea, coffee, homemade scones, sandwiches and cake! They also had a wonderful plant sale and the raffle.

“I would like to say a special thanks to those who supported the event” said Freda “I would not be able to host this event without the help of family and close friends who turn up to help with the preparation of the sandwiches, cake decoration, and constant pots of tea and coffee, as well as our waitresses who do a sterling job! Jo Stanton came up trumps with her lovely scones. Many stayed behind to do the clearing up, too!”

Why not fundraise for CAFOD too? Check out our how-to guide for fundraising help and ideas!

An amazing total raised!

Cyclone Idai: people seeking rescue through flood waters.

The money raised from Freda and John’s garden party will be used to help those most in need around the world, such as the recent victims of Cyclone Idai.

“The amazing total we are able to send to CAFOD so far for our less fortunate brothers and sisters in different parts of the world who live in poverty and dire conditions has now reached a MASSIVE….. £749.16!!” says Freda. “So, I can’t thank enough all those who contributed to this amount in any way and made my job much easier and enjoyable. God willing, I look forward to seeing you all next year and bring your friends who missed out this year! ”

John said the total raised has now increased to £755.66 and it is possible that further donations will be received from people who were unable to attend!

Well done Freda and John and thank you so much for all your hard work! It is people like you who sustain CAFOD’s work in helping to save lives around the world.

Why not host a fundraiser for CAFOD too?

CAFOD Volunteer Jon dresses up as part of his fundraiser!

CAFOD Volunteer Jon dresses up as part of his fundraiser!

Inspired to host your own fundraiser? The summer is just beginning- perhaps you could host a garden party too! Or, have a look at our A-Z of fundraisers for more ideas. Don’t forget to let us know what you did and how much you raised!

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