An evening of enchanting songs and adventurous tales took place on 17 March as Larmenier Village played host to the Chamber Choir and Musicians of St Augustine’s High School, Billington with a fund-raising event in aid of CAFOD, the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development.
Fred Uttley, a 69-year-old retired plumber who cycled over 1000 miles around England and Wales to raise funds for the work of CAFOD, was also there to share stories from his adventures on the Tour de Fred. Fred, a long-time volunteer with CAFOD, raised over £13,500 in support of the organisation’s Hungry for Change campaign.
The full house included parents of choir members, residents of Larmenier Village, and local CAFOD supporters. Toni Hudson and Matthew Haworth from St Augustine’s Music Department led the music and song and Carmel Wanless, Chaplain at Brownedge St Mary’s High School and several students from the school’s CAFOD Group helped sell raffle tickets and recycled jewellery and serve refreshments. The evening ended with a delicious hot-pot supper, provided by Nazareth Retirement Villages.
The event was a great success. We are grateful to all who helped make it so; thanks to the wonderful choir and musicians from St Augustine’s, to Fred Uttley, to our friends and supporters from Brownedge St Mary’s, the local CAFOD Action Team, and the great team at Larmenier. And of course a big thank you to Larmenier for allowing us to use this lovely venue.
Ged Edwards, Diocesan Manager for CAFOD Salford
The evening raised over £700 for CAFOD’s work with disadvantaged communities around the world!