We are very lucky to be members of Guardian Angels Church in Elton, Bury. In October 2007, Father Paul & Sharon told us that the Good Life Orphanage was the chosen charity for this years Crib Collection, from Christmas Eve 24th December until the Baptism of our Lord 6th January, the crib is on display in the church with people placing offerings at it. During the previous year the total collected was £300 so we were very grateful to be chosen.
The first collection was made at the £1000 draw when the parish hall is a hive of activity & everyone attending gets a free full English breakfast, this year a large bucket was put on the table asking for donations.
A short six minute DVD was shown at all the masses on the Sunday before Christmas & also at the vigil mass & masses on Christmas Day, we received a very positive response but were not prepared for the generosity of the parishioners, a quick phone call from Sharon told us that the collection was in excess of £700 after the Christmas Day masses. With Father Paul, Father Frank and Sharon promoting our project to everyone we knew we had a very persuasive team behind us, as we always say “Father Paul could sell sand to Arabs”.

On Sunday we were presented with a cheque for £3241.96, what a fantastic amount of money!! We cannot thank everyone involved personally but from the bottom of our hearts we are overwhelmed by the generosity of the people in our parish. We are going to use the money to build a play area within the orphanage boundary and after speaking to Tom, Gwen & James Geeling are privileged to be naming it after Joe, a local boy who was tragically taken from his family in March 2006.

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