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Charitable Work

Charitable Works


The Common Good


At Our Lady & St Patricks, we are committed to working together to contribute to the 'common good' of our community and society as a whole. This is in response to the Church's teaching on social justice.


  • We are committed to raising money for those less fortunate.
  • We look for ways to help people within our local community and beyond.
  • We do this work as a whole school, in groups and as individuals.


We make it a priority to support as many charitable causes as possible, throughout the school year. We endeavour to support these charitable causes wherever, whenever and however we can.  


Our children and families are always keen to help & support  others who are perhaps less fortunate than ourselves for, as Jesus taught us:


'It is more blessed to give than to receive'

Acts 20:35 



We have several groups in school who are responsible for undertaking charitable works & initiatives that help us to care for our world and for each other.


Please click the icons to find out more about the work of each group.


Caring for Our world and for Each Other



Our Children are always keen to initiate and take part in activities to make a difference to our world and help others; this can be school-wide, or in support of initiatives in our local area, as well as on a national and international level.


Please see below our schedule of opportunities for children to participate in 'Caring for Our World and for Each Other'

Charitable Works 2022-2023


Our Year 6 Fundraising & Charities Committee


Our Year 6 children have recently set up a Fundraising & Charities Committee, please follow the link to find out more...

Turkey-Syria Earthquake Appeal (Feb 23)

We are organising a fund-raising event in aid of the recent devastating earthquake in Turkey-Syria.


We will hold a raffle and a sell numbers for a lucky 100 square, with tickets & numbers available each morning, during the first two weeks of next half term (27th Feb - 10th March).


Donations of any new, unwanted items for raffle prizes would be very gratefully received. Thank you.


CHUF Fundraiser - Friday 17th February 2023

❤️ Please support our fundraising event in aid of The Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF) on Friday 17th February. 
❤️ Wear red and bring a donation (suggested donation £1). 
❤️ Tuck shop also available on this day (50p/£1).
❤️  All proceeds from the event will go to the CHUF charity. 
❤️ Thank you!


Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal (November 2022)

🌺 It’s that time of year again, when we support the wonderful Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal!

🌺 Poppies and other items are available from tomorrow morning, in the school hall, for a donation.

🌺 If you have younger children, you may wish to hand their donation to their class teacher, or alternatively, pop into the hall as you are passing in the morning.

🌺 Thank you for supporting this very worthy cause



CAFOD - Brighten Up for Harvest (20th October 2022)

❤️ This Harvest time, we are 'Brightening Up' for CAFOD! Our school community will join thousands of others to help tackle hunger around the world.
💛 We will celebrate Harvest in school on THURSDAY 20th OCTOBER.
💚 We will perform our harvest songs, which we will share with you on Facebook, Dojo and our school website. We will also draw the name at random for the winner of our lovely Harvest Hamper.
💜 We would like all children to wear their very brightest clothes for school on this day, in support of CAFOD. We are asking for donations towards fighting hunger all around the world. Suggested donation of £1 per family, but please donate whatever you can afford - every little makes a difference. All donations must be paid via school gateway please, as we are unable to accept cash in school.
💙 CAFOD is an international development charity and the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.
🧡 Further details are available at



Reverse Advent Calendar Initiative - November 2022

💙 Our Ethos Group are working with each class, to produce 'Reverse Advent Calendars' to support worthy or charitable causes chosen by each class. In this way, instead of receiving a gift each day (as you would in an advent calendar) children will donate a small gift to help others.
💙 Over the next few weeks, your child will be given a number by their teacher. Please could you send a small item into school - something not too expensive - just a little treat that could make someone happy. This should be linked to your child's year group charity e.g. biscuits, bubble bath, doggy chews, coffee, tea, colouring books.
💙 How it Works: Each class will collect items up until Christmas, to gift to their charity or cause. So, if your child is given number 1, please send in your gift on the 1st of November, number 2 on the second of November etc. The box will be full by the end of the month and then the ethos group children will deliver these in time for advent.
💙 Here are the Charities each year has chosen to support:

✨ Reception- West Cumberland Children's Ward
✨ Year 1- RSPCA
✨ Year 2- The Dale's Care Home, Maryport
✨ Year 3- Mind
✨ Year 4- Allerdale and Copeland Autism Support
✨ Year 5- Dog's Trust
✨ Year 6- Hospice at Home



MacMillan Coffee Morning - Friday 30th September


Our annual MacMillan Coffee Morning will take place on  Friday 30th September at 9am




Colour Run - Grand Total!

🌈 We were joined by Gemma from Hospice at Home in our celebration assembly, who came in to tell us how much we raised in our Colour Run last term.

🌈 We were thrilled and delighted to learn that we raised a total of £3,416.65, in aid of this wonderful charity!!

🌈 Our Head Boy and Head Girl were presented with the cheque, on behalf of our school, in their first ‘official’ role of the school year.

🌈 Well done children, and a huge thank you to everyone who supported us in raising this amazing total - we’re looking forward to this being an annual summer event!

Last Year's Charitable Events

Colour Run - Wednesday 29th June 2022

heart We are holding a ‘Colour Run’ in aid of Hospice at Home West Cumbria, on

Wednesday 29th June 2022.


heart If your child would like to take part, please scan the QR code below. Alternatively, application forms are available, which should be completed and returned to your class teacher along with the appropriate payment, by Monday 6th June, please.


heart Letters with more information about this are being sent home - please support us if you can!


Jack's Journey Fundraising Event May 2020 (non-uniform day)

On Monday 16th May, we will have a non-uniform day in school, to raise funds for ‘Jack’s Journey’


This wonderful local charity supports families of children with cancer, and we are keen to support them as, like many charities, their fundraising was affected by Covid-19.


We are asking families to support us with donations to the charity on Monday please (minimum suggested donation of £1). Thank you, as always, for your support.

'A Day for Ukraine', Wednesday 23rd March 2022

💙 ‘A Day for Ukraine’ - Wednesday 23rd March 2022

💛We are asking children to wear blue and yellow for school, to show our support for the people of Ukraine.
💙 Our Key Stage Two School Council children and Head Boy & Girl will be taking part in a bag-packing event at Asda, Workington on 23rd March, to raise funds for The Red Cross. Please come along and support us from 9.30am onwards.
💛All donations are welcome, in aid of The British Red Cross.



CAFOD's 'Walk Against Hunger' - Friday 11th March 2022

💚 On Friday, 11th March, the whole school is taking part in CAFOD’s ‘Walk Against Hunger’
💚 Our aim is to raise as much money as possible in support of CAFOD, an agency who support children and families overseas, who are in need.
💚 After joining a national assembly by CAFOD about world hunger, all our children will take part in a walk around the local area. Please give us a wave and say hello if you see us out and about!
💚 We are asking for a minimum donation of £1 per child - or why not sponsor your child to complete their walk and ask friends and families to contribute to this appeal too?
💚 This will be a non-uniform day in school, but please remember that children will need to wear clothing (and footwear) that is suitable for the weather, and for walking!
💚 Please support us if you can. Thank you



Fundraising Event in aid of  ‘Mary’s Meals’ (Jan ‘22) 


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💙 Our charities and fundraising committee are organising a raffle and lucky hundred square next week in school, to raise funds for ‘Mary’s Meals’ 
💙 This is a charity that supports children across Africa, providing hungry children with life-changing school meals. 
💙 Until the end of January, all donations are match-funded, so £1 becomes £2 and this means that £15.90 will feed TWO children for a whole year! 
💙 Raffle tickets and a lucky number on the hundred square will each cost £1 - we would be delighted if you could help us to make a difference to the lives of children across Africa. Please support us if you can 🙏
💙 To find out more about ‘Mary’s Meals, please visit 
💙 Donations of raffle prizes would also be gratefully received.

We got a special mention in the Parish Newsletter for our Mary's Meals Fundraiser!

Christmas Jumper Day - Friday 10th December 2021, in aid of 'Save the Children'

We raised £500 at our Macmillan Coffee Morning!


Our Loom Band Sale raised £600 for Cancer Research UK & the RSPCA!

Fundraising & Charities Committee Loom-Band Sale and Raffle (in aid of Cancer Research UK and the RSPCA) Sept 2021