Fast Day is on Friday 2 October

Hamani lives in a remote village in Niger. Life is incredibly tough there. With longer and hotter dry seasons, it is becoming more difficult to grow crops. Just three years ago drought destroyed much of the harvest Hamani and his neighbours were depending on. Your generosity provided Hamani’s community with enough basic food to keep them alive.

Our Harvest appeal is raising money for our on-going development work with people like Hamani, helping them adapt to the changing climate with tools, training and investment.

Your donations will also help our church partners to respond to the current refugee crisis in Syria, the surrounding countries, and in the refugee camps in Calais.


The official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales and part of Caritas International. Across the world we bring hope and compassion to poor communities, standing side by side with them to end poverty and injustice. We work with people of all faiths and none. Inspired by Scripture and Catholic Social Teaching, and the experiences and hopes of people living in poverty, CAFOD works for a safe, sustainable and peaceful world. Together we pray, act and give to help our brothers and sisters living in poverty around the world.

This parish supports CAFOD, raising funds each year through the Fast Day collections (Harvest and Lent), emergency appeals, Lenten lunches, and a range of other prayer and social events. 

CAFOD works in partnership with agencies of the Catholic Church across the world. Because of these partnerships, between this parish and overseas partners, CAFOD keeps the cost of raising money low, making sure we can help more people. 

Anyone willing to help in any way please contact  and

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This parish is a founder member of the Cambridge City Foodbank, responding with care and charity for people in crisis living locally.

Cambridge City Foodbank works to support people who find themselves on the edge of disaster, following a sudden crisis, such as a redundancy, delayed benefit payments, illness, etc.

We help by giving our nutritionally balanced emergency food to people who have nowhere else to turn. And by putting people in touch with other agencies that can offer support.

Each month we collect non-perishable food donated by parishioners. We often recommend a few items that are particularly needed. For the next collection date and requested items please see the newsletter or the schedule on the notice board at the back of ‘English Martyrs church.

Cambridge City Foodbank is a registered charity (no. 1149883) and a member of the foodbank network grown by the Trussel Trust – a Christian charity.