Join us in Berkehamsted for a concert of sacred music set to inspire.

Come and enjoy listening to sacred music that spans the centuries, whilst helping raise money for those in need.  The Chiltern Chamber Choir will be singing a diverse repertoire of chamber music, from Monteverdi to Stanford, and it is sure to be a wonderful evening.

When?: Thursday 11th May, 8pm

Where?: Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Berkhamsted, HP4 1HX

Price?: Entry is free, but all donations will go to CAFOD.

Chiltern Chamber Choir

Many thanks to Mary Harris for organising the concert and we look forward to hearing how it went!

Hillingdon parishioner raises over £2000 running her sixth marathon

Mane Abanda, a nurse from Hillingdon, has raised over £2100 for the aid agency CAFOD by running the London Marathon.

Mane is no stranger to marathon’s – this was her sixth – but it was her first one in London.

When her daughter had an operation, Mane started running and found it to be the most effective form of therapy.  Since then she has run marathons across the country, including Edinburgh and Brighton, but decided to run in London following an Archbishop talking about his experience of watching the marathon in the capital.

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Mane with her medal after the marathon

Mane said:

“Running for CAFOD combines two things central to my existence – my Catholic faith and running – and is also a fantastic way of giving back to others.  I found this marathon remarkably tough as it was very busy, but the atmosphere was good and it was great running through London and going across London Bridge.  My daughter was there to cheer me on at 14 miles and gave me the encouragement I needed to carry on.”

All of us here in Westminster would like to thank Mane for raising such a fantastic amount of money and to all those who donated. Completing your sixth marathon is a fantastic achievement and we’re very grateful you did so by fundraising for CAFOD!

Students proud of their teacher’s marathon success!

A couple of months ago we posted a blog about R.E. teacher Rita Remis from Kilburn, who was using the enthusiasm of her students to help her keep to her demanding training schedule for the London Marathon.  We can now report that Rita has run the marathon in a fantastic 4 hours and 1 minute, and raised over £2500 for CAFOD in the process!

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Rita and two of her students from Sion Manning girls school

Students at Sion Manning Girls school, where Rita teaches, have been supporting their teacher in her marathon preparations over the last 16 weeks.  By sticking her training schedule up on the classroom wall students held Rita accountable and ensured she kept to her training plan.

Rita also used her marathon running experience to link it with the period of revision that students are now entering.  She gave an assembly to Y11 on how her training for the marathon involved dedication, sacrifice and hard work – the kind of traits pupils will need to draw on to succeed in their GCSEs.

Rita said:

“I don’t think any of my students realised how big a deal the marathon was until the 23rd April and afterwards I had students asking if they could run a marathon too.  I never gave up and I think that in six months time, after training even harder, I’ll be ready for another one.”

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Rita with her medal after finishing the marathon

One student said:

“I feel inspired because you don’t normally get your teacher saying ‘Oh, I’m going to run a marathon’, so I think it’s really amazing that she’s done one!”

From all of us here at CAFOD Westminster, we’d like to thank Rita for her amazing efforts to raise money for those in need, and to all of those who have supported her by donating.  We’re very grateful you ran your first marathon for CAFOD and wish you luck in all the miles you run in the future!