Santa’s Whitby helpers sing for CAFOD gifts

Whitby schoolchildren raise money through carol service to buy presents for families around the world

Photo: St. Hilda's School

Photo: St. Hilda’s School

Pupils from St. Hilda’s RC Primary School, Whitby, held a carol service at St. Hilda’s Church, with donations from the service used to buy Christmas presents for communities around the world.

The children’s presents are CAFOD World Gifts – items ranging from bees and chickens, providing food and income to families, to school materials, musical instruments, and even a village health clinic.

The World Gifts allow people to buy meaningful presents for loved ones – whilst helping to transform the lives of communities and families fighting poverty.

Mrs Crabtree, Headteacher at St. Hilda’s School, said: “This year, as last, our children performed a carol concert in our church for parents and parishioners.

“The concert went really well and we managed to raise an amazing £340.

“The children from the School Council then chose to buy gifts such as animals, a chicken coup, and vegetable gardens.

“In addition, as a staff, we didn’t send cards but made a donation to the World Gifts programme. It’s something we’ve done for many years.”

Liam Finn, from CAFOD, said: “St. Hilda’s carol service shows how local people can make a difference on a global scale – whilst having a lot of fun in the process.

“This is a carol service with a difference. Not only did the pupils of St. Hilda’s School sing their loved ones into the Christmas spirit, but they acted on the true meaning of Christmas by purchasing presents for some of the poorest families around the world.”

More information on CAFOD World Gifts can be found at, including a video from TV and radio presenter, Adrian Chiles. The presents are available to purchase all year.

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