Knights of Saint Columba: January 2021

By David Keane

West Derby knights donate £750 to Zoe’s Place
Over the last 10 years Brother Terry Kelly, secretary of Council 493, has been facilitating the collection of 5p coins which council members along with parishioners at St Paul and St Timothy’s in West Derby – as well as the adjoining St Paul and St Timothy’s Catholic Infant School – have been donating to assist an order of missionary nuns.
In recent years the ability to be able to offer that support diminished, but the 5p coins still continued to come in, albeit at a slower rate due to people responding to the pressing needs of other charities, especially those which are currently suffering financially in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
With the funds raised, council members have now made a donation of £750 to Zoe’s Place Children’s Hospice in West Derby. ‘The donation was made in line with the nuns’ wish that it should go to a local charity,’ said Brother Terry, noting that Zoe’s Place was chosen in order to support its crucial and admirable work with babies and infants aged from birth to five years suffering from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.
Brother Rosario Bracchitta, the council treasurer, presented the cheque to the charity in August, and the nuns were delighted with the choice of Zoe’s Place, because the care given there reflects closely that which they have provided in the missions. 
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