Generous donation to our Lent appeal from Clare Priory Craft Fair

On Friday 23rd March we had the honour of receiving a generous donation from the profits of the 2017 Clare Priory Craft Fair.  During a joyful celebration in the Priory Jane Crone from CAFOD East Anglia received the award from Fr Stefan Park, the Prior.

The awards from Fr Stefan Park the Prior.

Fr Stefan Park and Jane Crone CAFOD East Anglia Coordinator

Entirely organised by volunteers the craft fair attracted over 10, 000 visitors in 2017, any proceeds are always donated to local, national and international charities. Craft Fair committee member Robin Hughes said, ‘What a great evening! It was so good to meet volunteers and charity workers, hear about their work and present them with their awards.’

Charity donations

Jane, CAFOD’s Community Participation Coordinator in East Anglia Diocese  enjoyed meeting with volunteers and workers from organisations such as the Augustinian Order, East Anglia Children’s Hospice, and Clare Seekers. Jane expressed her thanks saying, ‘it was a real pleasure to meet the Craft Fair Committee and volunteers from so many wonderful charities. CAFOD is enormously grateful for the generous donation to our Lent appeal.

‘All donations up to £5 million given to CAFOD’s Lent Appeal before May 12th will be doubled by the UK government thanks to Match Funding. So this donation will make double the difference to our partners working in countries such as Zimbabwe and Eritrea in their work for justice and an end to poverty.’

The annual Clare Priory Craft Fair brings together over 200 exhibiters of traditional and contemporary crafts in the idyllic setting of Clare Priory in Suffolk. The 2018 Craft Fair will be the 26th and will be held on the 14th and 15th of July.