Our Charities and charitable works

Last updated: 07/06/2019

“Our charity fund-raising efforts are second to none”

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.

We present cheques for monies raised throughout the full year to our charities.

There is a display about these 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

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"

Our Charitable Works

We also respond to requests for immediate support as and when the need arises:

  • Gianna Project

  • the Bradford based project providing clothing for refugees

  • the New Zealand tragedy

  • Victims in the community of Haiti

  • St Vincent de Paul (SVP) Christmas hampers collection

  • Mary’s Meals 

We are grateful for the continuous and generous support of our students, our families and the wider community.

Year Group Charities

Each year group has an additional charity they support during the year.  The charity of their choice generally derives from something personal or poignant to them. 

Year 7

Year 7 support the Children’s Ward at LGI as their year group charity.

We chose this due to one of our year group being cared for there. All form groups do fundraising: from individual bake sales in their local communities, and through connections with the feeder primary school SS Peter and Paul, Yeadon.  Funding has gone to  Ward L52 Paediatric neurology. The ward use this money for little prizes/gifts that children can  receive when they have had certain procedures.  Other funding ventures include  a summer carnival in the gym for Years 7 and 8. 

Year 8

Year 8 support The Sylvia Wright Trust as their year group charity.

The school has a long standing association with Sylvia and she has visited school on many occasions and inspired our students to support her work; indeed some of our students have visited Sylvia’s hospital and orphanage in the Indian State of Tamil Nadu.    Year 8 fund raising has funded specific hearing aids for individual children and the year group can see the impact of their efforts.

Year 9

Year 9 support The Teenage Cancer Trust.

A fund-raising afternoon was organised as part of the PSHE day with various activities taking place.

Year 10

Year 10 support Leeds Children's Hospital as their year group charity.  

“All of the staff at Leeds Children’s Hospital are dedicated to making sure that all children are cared for to the highest standards and that we achieve the very best outcomes for ill children and those with long term conditions.” 

Students in Year 10  raise money for the charity through various fundraising activities, such as bake sales and sponsored walks and will continue to fund raise throughout this year and next.

Year 11

Year 11 support Yorkshire Air Ambulance as their year group charity.

Our Year 11 students prioritise focused discussions in form time to celebrate the hard work of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the impact this charity has on lives in our region. The pupils regularly contribute to the great work that the Yorkshire Air Ambulance do with fund raisers and other activities to raise awareness.

Sixth Form

Our Sixth Form's annual Wear it Pink Day raises money for Breast Cancer research each October.