Schools raise thousands for the 5p Bus

May 2013

Schools gather for one of Good Shepherd Masses

Resourceful youngsters around the diocese have raised over £17,000, with more to come, for St Cuthberts Care's mobile clothing service – the 5p Bus.

Pupils have been dressing up, baking and selling cakes, piling pennies, wearing purple, hosting coffee mornings, collecting coins, selling crafts, and more, throughout Lent as part of our Good Shepherd Appeal. At a series of Masses held across the region the children presented their gifts which will be used to keep the 5p Bus on the road visiting the most impoverished communities and selling clothes at minimal cost.

"Over 1,100 students from 72 schools attended our Good Shepherd Masses at Cardinal Hume Catholic School, Wrekenton, Sacred Heart Catholic High School, Newcastle, Holy Cross Care Home, Sunderland and St Bede's Catholic School and Sixth Form College, Lanchester. They were all wonderful celebrations," said Nicola Milne, Schools & Parish Liaison Executive. "Pupils have been working very hard and have come up with some imaginative and fun ideas to raise funds to help those in the community who are struggling to make ends meet."

Along with their donations the children brought artwork representing their schools and some of their fundraising efforts to the Masses. These will be displayed throughout the summer at the charity's head office and diocesan offices at St Cuthberts House, Newcastle.

The final total for the Good Shepherd Appeal will be announced at the end of term when donations have been received from schools which were unable to attend this week's services.