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St Joseph's Penny

St Joseph’s Lenten Appeal


To fund the work of the Catholic Children’s Rescue Society (now Caritas Diocese of Salford), a Lenten collection began in 1904 known as the St Joseph’s Penny. The first collection raised 55,217 pennies or just over £230! The idea was that children in the Diocese would raise money for other children and the idea of children helping children has continued to this day.  


The children in Ward helped to plan and organised different activities to help raise money and help the charity carry on reaching out to those vulnerable children and families in our communities. They offer support in lots of different ways – from food parcels to counselling sessions, from Christmas presents to giving young mums and their babies somewhere safe to live.