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Good Shepherd Appeal

The Good Shepherd Appeal is one of our oldest appeals, dating back to 1902, and generations of schoolchildren have continued to support us by taking part. Over the last 10 years, the appeal has raised over £500,000 to support our work.

This appeal takes place during Lent, traditionally a time for giving, fasting and praying; a time when we think of others and use our gifts and talents to help those most in need. Jesus was called the Good Shepherd because he called himself the good shepherd in the Gospel of John in The Bible.

Give, as much or as little as we, can and this can be our time to help to fundraise or carry out another act of kindness using our gifts, talents and skills.


Give up things we like such as sweets, chocolate, crisps, as well as any grudges we may have with others.


Show compassion, be empathetic and pray for those in need.

Pupils at all the schools taking part really use their imagination and come up with some amazing ideas that their friends and staff can take part in. From bake sales, sponsored silence, craft stalls, Spring fairs, talent shows, Easter bonnet parades, sponsored walks, the list is endless as to the creative endeavours and challenges that you can do to raise vital funds for us! How about a Nugent Young Heroes Dress Up Day (as a traditional own clothes day) or a Nugent Young Heroes Cape Competition? We look forward to seeing your ideas!

The theme for this year’s Good Shepherd Appeal is The Feeding of the Five Thousand, taken from the Gospel of John in The Bible (John 6:1-14). In this story, Jesus fed 5,000 people with two fish and five loaves.

This miracle is symbolic, as it not only shows the power of physically feeding those who were hungry but also reminds us that we can use our gifts and talents given to us by God for the good and help of others.

One of Nugent’s four key priorities is Poverty Alleviation, and we aim to tackle some of the root causes of poverty and give our children/ communities the best chance of a poverty-free future.

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For 140 years we have been providing support to children, young people, adults and families who are vulnerable or at risk across the North West through our schools, care homes, community and social work services. Your donations can help us support more people.

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