A charity concert held at Belmont Abbey and performed by pupils from St Mary’s RC High School in Lugwardine, Hereford has raised more than £500 for CAFOD.
The event on Thursday 11 April brought the total raised for CAFOD since 2013 to an impressive £20,000.
The spring concert took place in a new venue this year – the beautiful Pugin designed monastery at Belmont Abbey.
Pupils from across the school performed a mixture of orchestral pieces, instrumental ensembles and solo pieces.
Parents, friends and teachers were joined by monks from the Benedictine community, sharing in the experience of the wonderful acoustics that Belmont Abbey provides.
St. Mary’s has a long tradition of dedicating themselves to fundraising throughout Lent in aid of CAFOD, as well as supporting smaller local charities which support people in and around Hereford.
Headteacher of St Mary’s Catholic High School, Mr Wetson, said:
“We are delighted with how much our pupils enjoy supporting CAFOD. There is a really strong desire among them to raise funds for the wonderful work of CAFOD and it’s great that they are able to use their own gifts and talents to do so.
“Part of our mission at St Mary’s is to strive to build the Kingdom of God and make a positive contribution to community cohesion. I’m very proud of the way our pupils go about this.”
Fr Paul Stonham, Abbot of Belmont, added:
“The concert in the abbey church at Belmont was quite superb and demonstrated the high standards of musical achievement at St Mary’s, Lugwardine. There were some exceptional performances, and it was great to see the desire of the young performers to raise money for CAFOD, which does such excellent and necessary work in developing countries. I witnessed some of this need personally during the 20 years I spent founding a monastery in Peru.”
CAFOD’s local representative in Herefordshire, Therese Warwick, said: “
We are so grateful to the pupils at St Mary’s for using their talents to raise funds for CAFOD. Special thanks must go to Mr Greg Thomas (Head of Music), Mr Rob Lucas (organisist) and all the peripatetic music teachers for their contribution to the performance of the pupils and the resounding success of the concert. Their efforts will help to ensure that no one is beyond reach of the support they need to flourish this Lent. A huge thank you to everyone involved!”