To help tackle poverty and injustice in our world, CAFOD relies on volunteers in England and Wales who, inspired by their faith, put it into action and pray, fundraise and campaign to bring about change.
One such volunteer is Maggie Osgathorp from All Saints parish in Bletchley who has been a parish volunteer with CAFOD for 25 years! Congratulations Maggie!
In all that time, Maggie has been involved with many CAFOD campaigns and fundraising events. Apart from the two fast days, Maggie organises other fundraising events in the parish.
Together with a team she holds monthly coffee mornings in the parish after mass and has a “one pound shop” when she has accumulated enough of “unwanted” items from parishioners to sell. These have raised amazing amounts for CAFOD. The latest “one pound shop” brought in over £80! She also organises quiz nights which raises a lot of money for CAFOD and which is enjoyed by all who attend.
When asked what kind of person Maggie is, most would say she is “so quiet and gentle, not liking to be in the limelight. She is always seen doing something in the parish to raise awareness”.
So, when unbeknown to Maggie, Debbie Purfield (CAFOD coordinator) and Fr Chris (parish priest), presented Maggie with a Papal blessing of thanks at the end of Sunday mass, she was so surprised and overcome. The big applaud which followed left Maggie speechless!
Fr Chris said, “you have put on so many coffee mornings and today, you can enjoy others putting it on.” Many parishioners came forward to congratulate Maggie as well, to show how much they valued what she had done.
The following day Maggie was still taking it all in and said, “Thank you all so much for the Papal Blessing.. I am still so overwhelmed”.
Thank you so much Maggie for your years of support. In your gentle and quiet way, you have been a massive inspiration to all around you and a wonderful sign of how to put faith into action! You have helped transform the lives of many!
If you would like to be a parish volunteer or get involved in CAFOD’s work, do get in touch Northampton@cafod.org.uk or call 01844 274 723.