News of the Knights of St Columba - Liverpool province

Knights raise £9,000 for Nugent Crisis Fund

• The Nugent Crisis Fund was the main beneficiary when members of KSC Council 9, accompanied by family and friends, took part in the annual Steve Dooley Memorial Sponsored Walk. This year's walk was in aid of Nugent's Crisis Fund which provides one-off grants to assist families and individuals living within the Archdiocese of Liverpool, for whom a relatively small amount of funding can make a big difference. Backed by parishioners in south Liverpool as well as match funding from Barclays Bank, the KSC members who walked from Albert Dock to Aigburth on Sunday 24 September raised more than £9,000 – funds which (as our photo shows) were presented to Nugent representative Marie Reynolds during a KSC social at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Club in November. (Also in the picture: Sue McCole from Barclays and David Linford from Council 9.) We thank everybody who contributed so generously and also the parish priests who allowed us to appeal.

• Congratulations go to Tony Manning on achieving 25 years' membership of the order. He received his silver jubilee medal and certificate at the annual Council 9 dinner at Liverpool Cricket Club on 20 October. The presentation was made by Provincial Grand Knight Pat Foley.

• At national level, the Knights are running a Christmas campaign in support of foodbanks, with promotional posters and labels distributed to all KSC Councils. The campaign dovetails with the season of Advent by inverting the concept of the traditional Advent calendar: there is a daily target to fill a box with items of food, toiletries or cleaning materials and to take these to a local foodbank. The main message on the poster is: 'Let's reverse the Advent calendar and give to the needy this Christmas. Donate a gift each day this Advent and fill the box.'
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