Children at a primary school in Fenham put their own spin on a national charity initiative when they took part in the Big Lent Walk. The pupils at English Martyrs’, a member of the Bishop Bewick Catholic Education Trust, combined fundraising with mental health awareness, walking throughout March to raise money for CAFOD (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development) while also supporting each other’s wellbeing.

The inspiration for the move came from a visit the school received from the charity. Leah Fox, CAFOD Club Leader at English Martyrs’, explained: “Before Lent, CAFOD came to share with us the campaign for the Big Lent Walk. CAFOD Club got to ask many questions and were given a real insight into working for a charity and the impact that one person can have. They were inspired by CAFOD’s Big Lent Walk but wanted to go above and beyond.

She continued: “The children had two main goals, to raise awareness for the amazing charity CAFOD and to continue to support their peers with their mental health. So our CAFOD Club decided to call it the ‘Walkie Talkie’, where we walk and talk. They were very passionate about supporting our global brothers and sisters whilst having an impact on the school community. We are so proud of how passionate our CAFOD Club is about social justice and how they are making an impact on the whole world.

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