Ladies from St Alban’s, Wallasey make weekly lunch in aid of CAFOD

Five ladies with a combined age of 382 make a weekly lunch of soup and sandwiches for local people in Wallasey. They can be found every Friday – eleven months of the year (not August) – in the kitchen at St Alban’s. All their hard work is in aid of CAFOD.

Left to right: Mary Buckley, 86; Mary Cox, 85; Pat Williams, 66 and Louisa Morriss, 62

Left to right: Mary Buckley, 86; Mary Cox, 85; Pat Williams, 66 and Louisa Morriss, 62

On the day I visited the ladies and witnessed their tireless preparations, Mary, Mary, Pat and Louisa were in the kitchen from before 10am in the morning, preparing the choice of soups – cream of vegetable and mushroom – and the salmon and egg sandwiches. Jean was having a well deserved rest.

They told me that this lunch for CAFOD had been going for over 20 years and that they had raised  £40,000 in that time.

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Mary Buckley preparing the salmon.

Mary Buckley preparing the salmon.

Mary Buckley, seen here preparing the salmon, told me that although they ask for a one pound donation, people are very generous and usually give a lot more. She said: ” We usually keep the donations until we have enough to send off to CAFOD. In January we sent £1300.”

When I asked them why they do it, Mary Cox, unhesitatingly replied: “We enjoy it. It keeps us out of mischief and CAFOD need the money.” At which point Mary Buckley interjected saying: “We know the money will go to the people who need it”.

 

Pat Williams who is not a Catholic was roped in by a friend. Her friend brought her along a few years ago and now she is a regular contributor. Pat told me the other ladies look after her but ” at the same time they corrupt me!” She went on to say: “I was only coming for a time but now I don’t want to not come.”

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Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to stay and sample the delicious looking soup and sandwiches but I shall certainly return on another Friday. Not just for the food, but for the uplift, inspiration and fun I found in the kitchen. Thank you Ladies for your generous spirit and support of CAFOD. Long may it continue!

Pat and Mary Cox making the sandwiches

Pat and Mary Cox making the sandwiches

Louisa at the stove

Louisa at the stove

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