Good Shepherd Appeal Raises over £20,000 for Families in Crisis

A heartfelt thank you to the amazing 1900 pupils who attended Nugent’s Good Shepherd Masses held at the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and St. Mary’s Church in Leyland. Both events were an overwhelming success and filled our hearts with gratitude and appreciation. 

With all of the participating schools’ fantastic fundraising efforts, the grand total raised from this year’s Good Shepherd appeal is £20,716.19! 

Our Good Shepherd appeal is one of the oldest charity appeals in the UK. With its origins with our founder Fr James Nugent and built around children helping children, the appeal has helped support families struggling to support themselves in difficult times for over 121 years. 

This year, the Good Shepherd Appeal revolved around the theme of ‘The Good Samaritan: love thy neighbour.’ We aimed to spread the message of the importance of loving one another and showing care and compassion through acts of kindness. Primary and secondary schools from across the Archdiocese wholeheartedly embraced this theme, and their creativity in raising funds for Nugent was truly remarkable. They came up with incredible ideas that their friends and staff could take part in including; sponsored walks with Woolly the Sheep, ‘Back to front’ day, odd socks day, penalty shoot outs, wacky hair day, cake sales, raffles, and throwing water balloons at teachers! 

Year after year, Nugent’s Good Shepherd masses offer a remarkable platform to express deep appreciation and celebrate the outstanding efforts of the incredible students who tirelessly raise funds for Nugent. This year the services were led by Bishop Tom Williams in Leyland, and Archbishop Malcom McMahon in Liverpool, which saw an incredible choir of 1000 children! Schools took part in the masses through readings, bible prayers and presenting offertory gifts. 

The funds raised through the schools’ generosity and hard work will make a huge difference in the lives of children and families facing challenging times. We are privileged to have such compassionate and dedicated students in our community. 

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