The four charities we support at St. Mary's Menston are very important to us:
- Catholic Care
- Martin House
- St. Gemma's Hospice
Our main fundraising occurs during Advent. In 2014–15 our Advent Appeal raised £5,114.40 through activities like Sixth Form Fancy Dress Day and our Rich Man, Poor Man Meal.
There is a display about our charities outside the Small Hall (room M2).
CAFOD is the official Catholic aid agency for England and Wales. They work with partners in more than 40 countries across the world to bring hope, compassion and solidarity to poor communities, standing side by side with them to end poverty and injustice. CAFOD work with people of all faiths and none.
CAFOD say thank you to St. Mary's:
"Your donations really do make a vital difference and will be used to support CAFOD’s varied projects across the developing world, which bring real improvements to the livelihoods of many thousands of our poorest sisters brothers. Your continued generosity will help to bring new hope to many who have so little. Thank You."
Catholic Care is the social care organisation of the Diocese of Leeds. Catholic Care acts to support all those in need of its services, especially people experiencing disadvantage and poverty, and it acts as an advocate for those unable to represent themselves.
They have worked for over a hundred years on behalf of children, families and adults in many communities in the Yorkshire area. This work currently ranges from an adoption and family finding service to supported living for people with learning disability, care homes, volunteer work and community projects.
Catholic Care say thank you to St. Mary's:
"The work of Catholic Care in the Diocese of Leeds is dependent upon the generous financial support received from you through the ‘Good Shepherd’ collection which supports our work with children and young people. Your support is vital to our success. Thank You."
Martin House Children’s Hospice
Martin House Children's Hospice cares for Children and Young People with progressive life limiting illnesses, and provide support to their families. They are based in a purpose built hospice in Boston Spa, Wetherby and care for children and young people from throughout the Yorkshire region. The hospice was formally opened by the Duchess of Kent in 1987.
Martin House say thank you to St. Mary's:
"Working with children with life limiting illness and their families. The money raised by St. Mary’s will help make a difference to our children’s lives, providing a stimulating, loving and safe environment in which to receive medical and personal attention. Their families can have some ‘time out’ knowing that their child is in specialised, professional and caring hands in a homely environment. Thank You."
St. Gemma’s Hospice
St. Gemma's Hospice in Leeds provides specialist medical and nursing care for people with life threatening illnesses, predominantly cancer, along with support for their families. The staff focus care around the needs of the individual. The hospice was opened in 1978 in Moortown, Leeds. It is the largest hospice in Yorkshire and one of the largest in England. St. Gemma's welcome and provide care for people of all faiths and none. The staff focus care around the needs of the individual and are respectful of all beliefs, religions and cultures.
St. Gemma's Hospice say thank you to St. Mary's:
"With your support we continue to work hard across the community trying to reach everyone who needs our special care. This may be in a patient’s own home with the support of our community team, through our day services or in the hospice’s 32 bed in-Patient Unit. You should be justifiably proud of helping our team to give someone a better quality of life at a time when they need it most. Thank You"
We also support various other charities such as our Sixth Form's annual Wear it Pink Day which raises money for Breast Cancer research each October.
Each year group has an additional charity they support during the year.