Charitable causes are supported in many different ways, from financial fundraising to prayers and donations of goods.
At the beginning of each school year, elected year representatives put forward their suggestions and choices for the nominated charity for their respective year groups. Then, at various points of the year, with liturgical or global significance, pupils and their families are invited to support various charitable organisations in some practical way.
Our whole school works extremely hard to ensure that we see the needs of our brothers and sisters and endeavours to respond to all that we can. Last year we collected donations for:
Solidarity with the poor in less economically developed countries; fundraising to support development of communities; help to restore the dignity of Syrian refugees; Harvest & Lent Campaigns; whole-school fundraising activities include Harvest and Lent Campaigns, Frugal Lunch and Non-Uniform Days.
Visit the CAFOD website
Year group charities
Each year group adopts and raises funds for one special charity through a variety of events including: non-uniform day; bake sales; hot-dog sales; personalised baubles and Christmas bobbles.
Year 7 - Diabetes UK
Year 8 - Happy House – Children of Watamu
Year 9 - Streetlife
Year 10 - Fylde YMCA – Harbour House
Year 11 - Bubble Foundation
Missio is the Catholic Church's official charity for overseas mission. They bring the hope of the Gospel where there is turmoil, poverty and uncertainty in the world and and where the Church is new, young or poor. Missio empowers local people to form and sustain communities of faith and trains and nurtures future leaders so that the vital work of the Church in the world can take place. At Saint Bede's, we hold collections throughout the year by placing a Missio Red Box in each form room. Proceeds go to support the overseas missions.
Visit the Missio website
Brian House Hospice
Brian House is a dedicated unit within Trinity Hospice specialising in palliative care for children.
Visit the Brian House website
The Royal British Legion
The Royal British Legion created the Poppy Appeal to help those returning from the First World War. A century on from the start of that conflict, they are still helping today's Armed Forces families in much the same way, whether coping with bereavement, living with disability, or finding employment. The school support the Royal British Legion by selling poppies in school during the month of November.
Visit the Poppy Appeal website
The Advent Campaign
Through the Advent Campaign, the school supports local charities helping homeless young people in the Fylde. Each form collects non-perishable foodstuffs and sundry items to create Christmas Hampers for hostels for young people. This year Saint Bede's supported:
St Cuthbert’s Soup Kitchen
The school makes collections for Fylde Foodbank, which offers crisis packages to disadvantaged families in local communities. Families connected to the school are invited to contribute non-perishable foodstuff and toiletries.
Visit the Fylde Foodbank website
BRITISH RED CROSS
Pupils responded to the terrorist attack in Manchester and the Grenfell Tower fire with a number of liturgy and fundraising activities.