Westminster pupils forego food to raise money for Cardinal Hume Centre

Pupils from Westminster Under School are once again taking action to help local children and families out of poverty and homelessness, after raising an impressive £5,000 for the Cardinal Hume Centre. The money will be used to part-fund one of our 32 residential rooms at the Centre, which will offer a safe and stable home to a young person.

In their latest fundraising activity, eager young students took part a range of initiatives including a ‘rich man, poor man’ lunch. Staged to show the arbitrary nature of poverty, the mealtime saw some fortunate students tucking into tasty food while their less lucky peers faced a plate of gruel.

Receiving the £5,000 cheque at a homeless-themed assembly on 26 January, Stephen Currid, Community Fundraising Officer, thanked the children and parents for their support which generated over £9,000 for the charity in 2017. As well as emphasising the very difficult situations of many of our clients, Stephen shared positive stories showing how the Cardinal Hume Centre has helped some of the most vulnerable and isolated people in the capital. He also thanked boys from the school who visited the Centre earlier this month to learn more about the work we do to support young people in living at the Centre.

Cathy Corcoran, Chief Executive of the Cardinal Hume Centre said: “We are enormously grateful to all the boys, teaching staff and parents at Westminster Under School who continue to support us – and in such creative ways! I am particularly impressed with everybody who dared to take part in the ‘rich man, poor man’ lunch, particularly those boys who missed out on a really good meal. Of course, this is the sad reality for many of the people we see each day. But, thanks to the donations we receive, we can help young people and families overcome poverty and the threat of homelessness, and look towards a brighter future.”

Mr Edward Matthews, Head of Enterprise at Westminster Under School, said: “Great work happens at the Centre, notably regarding employment, family support, housing, education and skills, and legal status. We hope the room we’re sponsoring will be a staple item in our fundraising plans for the foreseeable future, guaranteeing longevity in our relationship with the Centre. The money raised is making a real difference. Thank you again to everyone.