Since December 2023, St Bonaventure’s School in Newham has raised more than £6,500 for various charities through generous donations from staff, teachers, parents and students from all year groups.

St Bonaventure’s School has an ethos of charity; every year, staff and pupils donate to multiple charities supporting various causes locally, nationally, and internationally. This Easter, donations have been made to the Ricky Hayden Memorial to provide bleed kits to schools, the Catholic Prison Chaplaincy to provide resources, 4Louis (a UK charity supporting families with child loss), and CAFOD once more. The school understands the impact of charity and how it can positively impact lives.

Suzan Ali, School Chaplain, said: “Charity is at the heart of our school, not only because it is one of our virtues, but because it is the foundation of our faith. Our students are passionate about supporting those in less fortunate positions and standing in solidarity with our brothers and sisters locally and globally. As stated in the Bible, ‘It is more of a blessing to give than to receive’. We are very proud of the efforts and commitment of our staff and students this Lenten season.”

The funds raised went to:

– CAFOD – £600
– Ricky Hayden Memorial – £200
– Catholic Prison Chaplaincy – £200
– CAFOD Israeli-Palestinian Appeal – £2,000
– 4Louis – £150
– The Mizen Foundation – £1,000
– BCCS – £2, 500
– Macmillan Cancer Support – £115
– St Margaret’s Church Canning Town Food Bank – four large boxes and 65 full carrier bags