By William Coffin,
Father Hudson’s Care

During the spring term up until Easter, Margot Scotford, Lucy Davis and Megan Cox are visiting Catholic schools across the Archdiocese to encourage children to take part in Father Hudson’s Good Shepherd Appeal. For the best part of a century, the annual appeal has raised vital funds to support people in their time of need.

As School and Parish Engagement Officers, Margot, Lucy and Megan will visit around 100 schools across the length and breadth of the Archdiocese.

Their talks focus on projects like Tabor House, the new night shelter in Birmingham, and the part children can play – guided by Catholic social teaching – in supporting this crucial work.

Many schools give out the famous Good Shepherd boxes to collect coins during Lent.

Others hold non-uniform days, cake sales and other fundraising events. At the end of the appeal, schools gather together at a series of Masses to worship God and celebrate their hard work and achievements.