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.

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Garden Party for CAFOD

On Saturday June 18th our fellow CAFOD volunteers Freda and John Vine from St Stephen’s Church in Bexley held their annual Garden Party in order to raise funds for the CAFOD Ethiopia Food Crisis Appeal.

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Garden Party fundraiser for Ethiopia Food Crisis Appeal

The weather held up nicely which added to the lovely site of the decorated garden complete with tables, chairs and parasols for all the guests in attendance.

In attendance were about 50 parishioners along with their family and friends and their parish priest, Father Jim Spencer. They indulged in a wide variety of sandwiches, cakes and tea or coffee and all seemed suitably impressed.

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St Stephen’s R.C. Church parishioners

Overall the event was a huge success as they raised £563.65 through donations from people who could not attend the garden party, a raffle that was circulated through the church and a plant sale they had prior to the event. They even received a gift aid of £162 which in total would mean £725.65 for our brothers and sisters in Ethiopia. .

A huge thank you to Freda and John of the St Stephen’s Church for their constant support and hard work. We truly value all of your contributions and we hope that our other volunteers will be inspired by your work.