Norfolk parish recognised for its work with refugees and the poor

CAFOD volunteer campaigner Bernard Shaw presenting the plaque to the parish team. Picture: supplied

CAFOD volunteer campaigner Bernard Shaw presenting the plaque to the parish team. Picture: supplied by Jane Crone - Credit: Archant

Members of a Norfolk parish that works with refugees and helps the poor have won an award from a catholic aid charity.

The Sacred Heart North Walsham parish achieved the Catholic international aid charity (CAFOD) LiveSimply award.

The parish was assessed by CAFOD campaign volunteers Bernard Shaw and Judith Tooth.

She said: 'Particularly heartening was the parish's generosity in helping refugees and the ongoing commitment by several parishioners to write regularly to their MPs about issues of concern.'

Mr Shaw said: 'I like the way they found several ways to support refugees.'


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During Lent the parish collected more than 30 bags of clothing, which were donated to two Calais-based organisations.

The parish, which comprises the churches of Sacred Heart North Walsham, St Helen, Hoveton and St John of the Cross, Aylsham, is the 37th community in the country and the fifth in East Anglia Diocese to receive the award.

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