Across his life our founder, Father James Nugent, saw the deprivation suffered by the people of the city and did something to help by highlighting the issues facing them and encouraging those with power, money and influence to help. His work is continued today through our charitable work at Nugent – his lasting legacy to the people of Liverpool.
In June, we celebrated our second We are Nugent Week, a series of fundraising events to mark that legacy and aimed at generating funds to support our services, particularly where they assist people living with financial and food poverty during this pandemic.
Last year we held some really fun events across our communities and had a fantastic response; this year we had to think slightly differently so we ran a series of fundraising activities online, due to the social distancing restrictions, with something for everyone to help while away the hours, create some fun, meet new friends and raise funds for our services.
The events included a quiz night with individuals and families challenging each other and a FIFA football tournament which brought together some of the world's leading FIFA players to compete for the Nugent Goals trophy. We had a great evening tasting wine and cheese on Zoom, with a beautiful selection from Delifonseca, hosted by Gemma McLoughlin; a football chat at our monthly coffee morning with our patron Phil Thompson; and a wonderful live acoustic gig with the band Genevieve, led by Mike Bennett, deputy head of De La Salle Academy.
Overall these events raised almost £1,200, which is such a great amount given that it was all done online.
This money went to support our Food Market at Epsom Street Community Centre in Kirkdale, which during the last four months has provided vital supplies to over 1,700 people with the delivery of 911 hampers across the Liverpool City Region.
Thank you to all those who came along to an event and donated, and to our sponsors and suppliers who helped make it happen – we couldn’t have done it without you.
We have more online events coming up in August. Go to wearenugent.org or follow us on social media, @wearenugent, to find out more.