The St Francis de Sales Charities Group was formed in 1971 in order to raise funds for the less fortunate in society Originally two projects were selected each year: one home and one overseas, but over the years this has increased to four with a mixture of local or national charities, home and overseas, as well as responding to emergencies when they happen. We now raise between 3 and 4 thousand pounds
annually. Our causes are often suggested to us through the particular interest of a parishioner so are often smaller less well known charities.
Some examples are:
• the Friends of Bethlehem, requested by Cardinal Vincent Nichols
• the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, when a child in the parish was a sufferer
• BLISS, when a member of the group was a nurse on a neonatal ward
• and the Mulberry Centre at West Middlesex Hospital, giving support to
Our year begins and ends at Easter with the Good Friday lunch (it was originally called the Frugal lunch until somebody pointed out that there was nothing frugal about our home made soup and bread and cheese).
Of course we could not have achieved so much over the past 40 years
without the support of the parish priests and the generosity of the parish.
We have about 15 members and raise funds from various activities: book and craft sales, murder mystery evenings, quizzes, parish entertainments, a Christmas pudding club for gentlemen only and the ever popular cake sales.
We are always looking for new recruits, please approach one of us at any of our events and you will find a very warm welcome.