Lovely welcome for Fred!

Two fantastic Catholic primary schools in Southampton and Portsmouth gave Fred Uttley a warm welcome today as he made his way through our diocese as part of his 1,100 mile cycle ride.

Fred stopped off at Springhill Catholic primary school in Southampton and St Swithun’s Catholic primary in Southsea as part of his ‘Tour de Fred’ challenge. Throughout June he will cycle through all 22 Catholic dioceses in England & Wales to raise funds for a food project in Bangladesh and raise awareness of our ‘Hungry for Change’ campaign.

Jane Barber, teacher at Springhill Catholic primary school said,

“We were really pleased to welcome Fred to our school and cheer him on his way. Our CAFOD Education Volunteer (Isabella Lally) often comes into school to give assemblies about CAFOD’s work overseas and the children have been inspired to help, not only through prayer but in a practical way too. This year our pupils have raised a lot of money for CAFOD’s work in all sorts of ways including donating their own pocket money and teachers have held soup lunches and sold cakes. ”

“Everyone’s fundraising was brought to life through a virtual village that we placed in our school reception. Once the school raised enough money for a CAFOD World Gift, this gift was placed in the village. The money raised was enough to buy a variety of gifts including a cow, drought resistant crops, a chirpy chicken, a football and a “teach a child to read” pack.”

“It was great to be able to present Fred with a cheque on the day, learn more about CAFOD’s work and hear what inspired him to take on such a massive challenge.”

Anne Jones, Headteacher at St Swithun’s Catholic primary school said,

“We were delighted to meet Fred and hear about his challenge. Our school community has undertaken all sorts of activities in support of CAFOD over the years. Pupils have dressed in their pyjamas, held a ‘Mad Hair Day’, held toy and cake sales and even held a ‘Tell-a-joke Day’ – all in aid of CAFOD and the communities it supports overseas. We’ve also supported CAFOD campaigns in the past so it was great to hear all about ‘Hungry for Change. I think the children loved asking Fred lots of questions about his ride and his bike!”

I loved Fred and Mark’s camper van! Go team Fred!!!

Thank you so much to everyone at Springhill Catholic primary and St Swithun’s Catholic primary schools especially Jane Barber and Anne Jones who made these visits possible. Thank you too to our Education Volunteers who supported the visit (Maureen Thompson and Isabella Lally) and to all the pupils and staff who made Fred so welcome. Thank you so much Fred! I hope we didn’t leave you too tired as I know you had to make your way to Guildford for tonight!

Remember – you can help support Fred and his fundraising by:

• Sponsoring him at The money you donate will help us support communities in Bangladesh facing food insecurity.
• Holding a fundraiser in solidarity with Fred- there are lots of ideas, plus advice at
• Joining our Hungry for change campaign at Hungry for Change is part of the wider IF campaign, putting pressure on G8 leaders this month to address the causes of hunger.

And don’t forget to follow Fred around England and Wales on twitter @LeTourdeFred

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