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Last Thursday the Becket school hosted a Christmas market for our charity project “Building Hope in Bunkpurugu”. As I’m sure many of you know, the Becket and feeder primary schools, have been raising money to build a school in Ghana for a small parish in Bunkpurugu. All the money raised goes straight to those young people hoping for an education, and with all your support construction is well underway and bringing the students one step closer to a school. For the people of Bunkpurugu, the school is not just a building but a hub for the whole community and a message of hope.

The evening welcomed people from all over the Trust to come together to celebrate the festive season. It was lovely to have so many pupils from our feeder schools displaying so much talent on the stage throughout the evening, and all of the performances were a real highlight for me.

It was a jam-packed night with loads of activities including Santa’s grotto, a chocolate tombola, an exceptional raffle, homemade Christmas cards, a photo booth and even a human fruit machine!  All of the games and stalls raised a lot of money for this amazing cause and we are so thankful. We see directly that no matter how small the donation, it makes a big difference to all their lives.  We have updates straight from the lovely people in Bunkpurugu and we know they are so grateful for everyone who made the night so special. Whether that was the prizes that were donated from Becket students, the pupils and teachers giving up their valuable time to set everything up, the faith in action group who helped the evening run smoothly, our chaplaincy teams, the Lourdes 2019 group providing refreshments and our amazing chaplains, Joe and Marsha, who made all this possible and to those of you who spent money by supporting the market.  We want to thank you! Without all of you, the evening wouldn’t have been such a success.

If you missed out on the market and would still like to celebrate this lead up to Christmas at the Becket, or you enjoyed the night so much you want to come back to celebrate some more, then there is a perfect opportunity to get involved by attending the Advent Liturgy lead by our Sixth Form chaplaincy team on Thursday 13th December starting at 7pm in the school hall. It is a more reflective evening which welcomes everyone to encounter Jesus during the chaos of Advent.

Thanks again to everyone who supported us. We can’t wait to see you all again before Christmas!