Many thanks to St Mary’s Primary Gosport for welcoming our fantastic school volunteers Patrick and Isobel to school last week to help you reflect on the plight of refugees.
A local teacher from the Isle of Wight was inspired to run the Great South Run to show solidarity with refugees around the world.
On Sunday 23 October, primary school teacher Kate Bakewell, who teaches at St Saviour’s Catholic Primary School, Tooting Bay, travelled from the Isle of Wight to Portsmouth to complete the 10 mile long Great South Run.
She was inspired to run in solidarity with refugees after looking at her own class and wanting to help other children who have had to flee their homes. Fundraising for the aid agency, CAFOD, which has been working alongside refugees, she completed the race in 1hr 56 mins and has so far raised over £220.
St Swithun’s Primary School in Southsea invited Patrick and Isobel, our CAFOD school volunteers to lead Year 5 and 6 on a Year of Mercy Pilgrimage to St Swithun’s church. Pope Francis has asked us all to undertake a pilgrimage in this Year of Mercy to show that we are walking alongside all the refuges who are forced to leave their homes.