Thanks Freda and John for your fundraising garden party

Standing in solidarity with our neighbours, especially those most in need, is one of the key principles of our faith. Fundraising to support CAFOD’s work is one important way you can reach out and make a real difference to the lives of some of the world’s poorest people. Discover how John and Frida Vine  manages to raised funds with a fantastic garden party. 

Parishioners for St Stephen in Bexley enjoying Frida and John Vine's garden party

Parishioners for St Stephen in Bexley enjoying Frida and John Vine’s garden party

It was great to hear about the annual garden party organised on June 9 by Freda and John Vine. As well as raising much needed funds for CAFOD it brought together people from across the community. Friends, neighbours and parishioners all came together to lend a hand. They set out the tables and chairs, put up the parasols, baked, made sandwiches, teas and coffees and helped clear away at the end of the afternoon.

Said John: “I’d like to thank everyone who supported our garden party either by coming on the day or making donations of money and raffle tickets or buying plants in advance.

Parishioners from St Stephen are enjoying cakes and tea at Frida Vine's garden party to raise funds for CAFOD

Parishioners from St Stephen are enjoying cakes and tea at Frida Vine’s garden party to raise funds for CAFOD

“We raised £570 for CAFOD and special thanks to all who helped in the kitchen preparing and clearing away; those who cooked and donated food and to our two young waitresses who were rushed off their feet by the sheer number of people who joined us to enjoy the sandwiches, cakes and scones, plus many cups of tea and coffee. The sun shone and everyone seemed to enjoy the afternoon. It created a lovely atmosphere in which to support our less fortunate brothers and sisters around the world. We sometimes forget how blessed we are having been born in this country.”

Freda and John, from St. Stephen’s church in Bexley, have been CAFOD volunteers for many years and fundraising is one way they practice their faith, living it out through action.

A huge thank you to Freda and John for their constant support and hard work. We’re already looking forward to next year’s garden party!

And if they’ve inspired you to hold your own event you can get loads of fun ideas, advice and resources, including seven simple steps to make it a success. There are loads of great things you can do to raise money. It can be anything from organising a quiz night to running a marathon, from a cake sale to holding a garden party.

Discover our A to Z of fundraising ideas


First Aid training in aid of CAFOD

This is a brilliant opportunity, from which both your parish and CAFOD could benefit.

CAFOD volunteer Peter Bull MBE is a qualified first aid instructor and has offered to run first aid courses in parishes across the diocese.


There are options for a one-day Emergency First Aid or three-day Qualified First Aider course, with all profits from the cost of the courses going to CAFOD. Participants will receive a certificate accredited by Kent First Aid T raining Ltd.

With Summer outings, parish barbecues and fêtes coming up, this is a great opportunity for people in your parish to gain first aid skills at a good price and in a way which will also help those we work with, around the world, prepare for and deal with emergencies.


You can read about the very successful First Aid day that took place over at CAFOD Westminster.  Not only did the twelve participants who took part leave with a signed certificate and potentially life-saving new knowledge and skills, they also raised more than £500 for CAFOD. If your parish has a group of five or more people interested in learning and receiving a certificate in emergency first aid, you could do the same!

To find out how to arrange a session in your parish, contact us by email or by phoning the CAFOD Southwark Office on 020 8466 9901. Peter will provide all the equipment needed so we are just looking for venues to host the training, where it could be advertised to the parish.