The Cardinal Hume Centre has launched its 25th Anniversary year on the 12th Anniversary of Cardinal Basil Hume’s death. It was marked by a Mass celebrated by the Centre’s Patron, Archbishop Vincent Nichols, and attended by nine members of the Hume family.
The Centre was set up in 1986 by Cardinal Hume in response to seeing young homeless people sleeping on the streets around the Cathedral. Today that legacy lives on and the Centre reaches out to some of the most marginalised people in society – young homeless people, families living in overcrowded accommodation, asylum seekers, recovering addicts and the unemployed.
Chief Executive of the Centre, Cathy Corcoran, said: “We were delighted to welcome the Cardinal’s family to see how his vision and legacy lives on and is still providing vital services to young homeless people and the wider community in Westminster. There is much talk of the Big Society but the Centre has been successfully working in a focused and localized way for a quarter of a century. We are very proud that it has enabled thousands of people to get their lives back on track and equipped them with the skills they need to get into the workplace and enjoy a sustainable and dignified future. As the Government cuts begin to bite we will undoubtedly see more young people and families pushed into poverty and we are determined to continue our work and reach out to more people in need.”
The Mass was followed by the unveiling of a plaque and a Big Cheese celebration generously sponsored by City Chartered Accountants Buzzacott. The Big Cheese is the Centre’s 25th Anniversary fundraiser. Supporters, schools, parishes and individuals will be holding cheese and wine parties throughout the year to raise the funds the Centre needs to continue its work.
Hold your own Big Cheese to help remember Cardinal Basil Hume.