Schools help keep wheels on the bus going round and round

15 May 2014

Children performing at a Good Shepherd Mass

Money has been rolling in from schools across the diocese as part of this year's Good Shepherd appeal for St Cuthberts Care's 5p Bus charity project.

Pupils have been taking part in fundraising activities throughout Lent and some presented their gifts at a series of Masses held around the region in the run up to Good Shepherd Sunday.

"The appeal has raised over £16,000 so far for our mobile clothing service, the 5p Bus," said fundraising manager, Nicola Milne. "The children have worked very hard to raise money to help keep the bus on the road, visiting impoverished communities in the diocese where volunteers help to sell donated clothes at minimal cost."

The Masses, held at Cardinal Hume Catholic School, Wrekenton, Sacred Heart Catholic High School, Newcastle, Holy Cross Care Home, Sunderland and Our Lady and St Bede’s, Stockton, were an opportunity for St Cuthberts Care's new Chief Executive, Tim Dillon, to thank the pupils for their fundraising efforts and to remind them of the importance of the bus to those people in the region 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.