Charity & Fundraising

At Cardinal Wiseman, our motto is Omnio Pro Christo, All for Christ in this we recognise the importance of following the call of Jesus to live our lives with a commitment to the greater good. Through being committed to works of charity, we are developing in children their understanding of the responsibility that has been placed upon us to do what we can to show our support and solidarity with all members of God’s family. Our commitment to the support of those less fortunate than ourselves leads us to support both local, national and international organisations and charities in their work with those in need.
“Then the King will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, anything you did for even the least of my people here, you also did for me.’” Matthew 25:40


The Maryvale Community Project supports the needs of our local community of Cardinal Wiseman. The project provides services to meet the needs of older people and adults with learning disabilities. These include: Tuesday Lunch Club: a weekly lunch club for older people to meet and socialise. The lunch club arranges different entertainment each week such as music, clothes sales, and light exercise. Sunshine Club: a social club for adults with learning disabilities. The club offers people a chance to socialise and meet new friends. Activities such as skittles, karaoke, quiz nights and crafts are provided, as well as trips out for meals and to local attractions.
By using our Wiseman Virtue of loving fundraise to support these projects and also throw a Christmas and Summer Party for the Tuesday Lunch Club (VIP Partys). This is a great celebration of the work of the Maryvale Community Project and the Cardinal Wiseman Student Chaplaincy Team. The student chaplaincy team prepare and serve food for the party and provide entertainment. The parties are always highly attended by the locals and is the highlight of the year for many of our Student Chaplaincy Team.

Father Hudson’s care is the Social Care Agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham. Their aim is to offer help and support to people in need, improving their quality of life. Father Hudson’s works in partnership with statutory services and third sector organisations to bring a greater coherence to the meeting of need within the community, and has recognised that the Church has a very significant role to play in this. It takes great encouragement from Pope Francis’s vision of a Church that is, through its very nature, driven by a mission to reach out to those who are suffering.
By using our Wiseman virtue generous we fundraise to support the important work of Father Hudson’s care. They reach out to those of our local community and the wider areas of Birmingham. As a school community we hold a pancake party day on Shrove Tuesday each year and the money raised from this day is for Father Hudson’s Care.

Tabor House is a part of the Father Hudson’s project; it is Birmingham's only permanent night shelter, offering safety, support, warmth and encouragement to people without the basics and necessities for life. The project provides a bed for the night, a shower, food, warm clothes, dignity, respect and the hand of friendship. More than this, it works with local experts, partners and trained volunteers to support people to move on.
By using our Wiseman virtue compassion we collected food to support the people using Tabor House. This took place during the season of Lent when we are called as the faithful to pray, fast and to give alms. Food items were given in support of those who are using Tabor House. Staff members of Cardinal Wiseman also show compassion by giving their time to volunteer weekly at Tabor House.

St. Chad’s Sanctuary is a voluntary project supported by many friends, including St. Chad’s Cathedral and The Salvation Army. It’s a place of welcome and hospitality for Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Immigrants. They provide clothes and toiletries as well as English lessons and help with essential documentation.
By using our Wiseman virtue prophetic all staff visited St Chad’s Sanctuary to gain further understanding about experiences had by Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Immigrants. On returning to Cardinal Wiseman all staff then reflected on their experiences through written accounts, poetry, drawings, dances and original songs. From this experience the students also got involved through collecting food supplies for St Chad’s Sanctuary throughout the Lenten Season.

St Basil’s is a local charity that supports young people experiencing homelessness; aiming to prevent youth homelessness. St Basils has a full range of prevention, accommodation, support and engagement services as well as services which aim to ensure young people develop the skills and have the support needed to move on successfully.
By using our Wiseman virtue active, students and staff raise awareness and funds for St Basil’s by taking part in a sleep out in the playground. This event starts with a prayer service in the school hall which aimed to inform the children about homelessness, as well as helping them to empathise with those without shelter. St Basil’s Head Fundraiser also visited the event giving a talk about the charity and invited student’s questions. The students were amazing throughout the whole event and started to really understand just how important charity and helping those less fortunate than ourselves really is. The sleep out has grown each year with many more students wanting to get involved.

MacMillan is a charity dedicated to supporting those suffering with cancer or those with loved ones suffering. They do this through providing care, conducting research and raising valuable funds.
By using our Wiseman virtue hopeful we took part in a Macmillan cake sale to raise awareness and funds for the charity. The day to support Macmillan was requested by a member of the student chaplaincy team and was supported by all students and staff. Coloured ribbons were available that represented different types of cancer and our students were able to choose one of these to wear on their blazer. Many continue to wear these ribbons.

Guide dogs UK, providing mobility for the blind and partially sighted. Supporting research, raising awareness and campaigning for the visually impaired. Guide Dogs helps blind and partially sighted people across the UK through the provision of guide dogs, mobility and other rehabilitation services.
By using our Wiseman virtue attentive staff took part in a sponsored swim to raise money for Guide Dogs UK. The whole school community came to together to support and sponsor the staff and had the best time when 5 guide dogs came in to visit Cardinal Wiseman.

Mary’s Meals provides life-changing meals to some of the world’s poorest children every day they attend school. Every child deserves an education – and enough to eat. Mary’s Meals is a global movement supported by people from many walks of life and different backgrounds. Our mission is to enable people to offer their money, goods, skills, time, or prayer, and through this involvement, provide the most effective help to those suffering the effects of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest communities. We welcome all into the Mary’s Meals family and we believe everyone has something important to contribute to the realisation of our vision.
By using our Wiseman virtue grateful Cardinal Wiseman had a ‘Shorts & Shades’ day raising money for Mary’s Meals. Even though the weather was far from summer the day saw students enter into the charitable mood as they wore their own clothes and used UV paints and glitter to take part in a day of celebration. As well as having an own clothes day we sold treats like doughnuts and ice cream at break and lunch time to raise the total amount of £615. This money will be enough to feed 44 children in their school or educational setting for an entire year as it only takes £13.90 for each child. This fundraising mission supports and encourages charity work and how it is a central part of living a Catholic life. The whole day had a joyful atmosphere as the children took delight in helping children like themselves to be safe and fed.

CAFOD stands for the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development. CAFOD are an international development charity and the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. We stand beside people living in poverty – whatever their religion or culture. Through local Church partners, we help people directly in their own communities, and campaign for global justice, so that everyone can reach their full potential.
By using our Wiseman virtue faith – filled students and staff take part in the Harvest festival fundraiser called Brighten Up! The challenge from Cafod is to brighten up, however you raise money make it bright. This transformed the school community of Cardinal Wiseman into a beautiful array of colours but also helped the students to reflect on helping others, reaching out to those living in poverty by supporting the work of Cafod.

Save the Children work with families to narrow the gap between children living in poverty and their better off classmates. By focusing on early learning, we help make sure children across the UK realise their full potential. They also work overseas providing child protection, health checks and food.
By using our Wiseman virtue Intentional both students and staff take part in Christmas Jumper Day. This is a whole school fundraising day when we think of all the children around the world that live in poverty and are in need. The staff and students intentionally take part to raise awareness and money for this important charity.

Mission Brazil is an ongoing project with the Archdiocese of Birmingham where young people travel over to Brazil to work alongside the Christian Life Movement and the SOMAR education centre. Emily, one of Cardinal Wiseman’s Lay Chaplains has taken part in two mission trips. Having built strong links with the SOMAR centre we are, as Cardinal Wiseman, proudly linked to this wonderful centre. The SOMAR Education Centre provides further tuition for children in Meio De Sera, helping them to reach their potential both academically and socially.
By using our Wiseman virtue learned both students and staff take part in a Carnival Day to celebrate the wonderful work of the SOMAR centre. Students wear their brightest clothes, there is live music and dance that takes part in the playground over lunchtimes and Brazilian style food is prepared by the canteen. Brother Julio also came to visit Cardinal Wiseman whilst over in England to bring gifts from the students who use the SOMAR centre.

“Jesus gave us two commandments: love God and love your neighbour. Through charitable giving, we actively demonstrate that everybody is a neighbour, and seek to make all of humanity a 'human family'”
(Pope Francis)