Bishop’s Award Winners Enjoy Tea at Wardley Hall

Bishop John recently welcomed the latest winners of the Caritas Bishop’s Awards to Wardley Hall. The Bishop thanked and congratulated them on putting faith into action and stressed the importance of continuing to develop their work in caring for our common home. The award winners were:

  • The Caritas Ambassadors at St Winifred’s Primary School in Stockport, for working with the Caritas Family Project – Mary’s Way, responding to the needs of vulnerable families and individuals who are experiencing personal, family or social issues.
  • Orlaith Willoughby from Sacred Heart Primary, Westhoughton, for taking the initiative and raising money to buy a pedicab to enable people in Manila to get out of poverty by starting their own pedicab  business.
  • Mrs Suzanne Donohue from Our Lady of the Rosary Primary in Urmston for leading numerous outreach and service initiatives, parish/school links and for her spiritual inspiration.

Marie Sartini, PA to Bishop John, gave the group a guided tour of the main hall and shared its fascinating history, which included a visit to the relic of English martyr St Ambrose Barlow and to the chapel. The tour finished in the impressive Tudor Dining Room where afternoon tea was waiting for everyone.

To complete the afternoon, the award winners then visited the Laudato Si’ environmental project in the grounds of Wardley Hall, where project manager Steve Burrows enthusiastically explained the vision for the grounds to be transformed into a sustainable space for practical action. He showed everyone what has already been achieved; including an eco-brick raised flowerbed, the beehive and a green-house whose windows open and close automatically depending on the temperature thanks entirely to the amazing power of bees wax!

Lizzie Sowerby, Caritas Ambassador Lead at St Winifred’s RC Primary commented “thank you so much for a wonderful afternoon at Wardley Hall.  It was brilliant and the girls really enjoyed it, as did the adults.  The Laudato Si’ Centre has given us a lot to think about for developing our Caritas Ambassadors into Caritas Stewards next year!”

Feeling inspired? Do you know someone who is going the extra mile for social action or to care for our common home? Please let us know about any projects going on in your school! You too could be Bishop’s Award winners at the next Caritas Festival on Friday 27th September! There’s still time to let us know your success stories by emailing