At our Harvest Festival Assembly on Thursday 15 October, Sacred Heart and Community Ribbons Ching, Gabriella, Jane and Jing announced that this year’s Harvest Festival will support two charities, Purley Food Hub and the Cardinal Hume Centre.
For the past few years, Woldingham’s harvest festival produce has been donated to Purley Food Hub and, on the morning of our annual carol service, a group of Sixth Formers normally takes donations of toys and gifts to the Cardinal Hume Centre, to be given as Christmas presents to families in need. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year Woldingham will donate gift cards. Each tutor group has been assigned one of the charities and will be asked to donate a gift card from selected retailers, with a requested minimum contribution of £2 per student.
The Ribbons thanked everyone in advance for their generosity, saying: “You are contributing to two amazing charities, which provide such important support for those in need.”
Chaplain Fr Gerry Devlin added: “In these uncertain times it’s been wonderful to see how our school community has done so much, not only for each other, but for those outside the Woldingham community.” He went on to talk about Woldingham’s links with the rest of the worldwide network of 142 Sacred Heart schools. Led by a sister school in Melbourne, Australia, the community has been producing a book called the little book of hope-filled prayers and Woldingham’s Sacred Heart reps have written some prayers, which have been shared with other schools. Fr Gerry then introduced a video of lovely prayer shared by a student from the Fuji Sacred Heart School in Japan, which you can see here.