Poulton mum and son going the distance for church fundraiser

A Poulton mum and her son have clocked up the miles by walking to raise money for their church's campaign, to help people living in poverty overseas.

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 12:30 pm

Jane Schofield, 47, and son Jude, 19 months, of Vicarage Road, have been walking as many steps as possible for the "Walk for Water" campaign.

The campaign, run by the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD), is an initiative taking place over Lent, designed to end water poverty by highlighting the plight of Abdella, a 23-year-old Ethiopian man who walks 10 hours every day for a cup of water.

Jane and Jude, along with eight other groups of parishioners at St John's Church in Poulton have been walking 10,000 steps a day for 40 days to raise money for the campaign.

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Jane Schofield and her son Jude have been taking part in CAFOD's "Walk for Water" campaign with members of their parish at St John's Catholic Church in Poulton. Photo: Daniel Martino/JPI Media

So far, the St John's team has clocked up a staggering three million steps between them, raising over £2,600 - a 20-year record for the parish.

Jane, who currently runs her own business from home, said: "I went to St John's in Poulton, Cardinal Allen in Fleetwood and then St Mary's Sixth Form, so the church has always been a big part of my life.

"I'm really pleased with how much money we've raised so far, the most we have ever made for Lent campaigns was around £1,000 and that was over 20 years ago.

"Jude has really loved doing the walking, but he does do some miles in his pram too because he's only young.

Jane Schofield and her son Jude have been taking part in CAFOD's "Walk for Water" campaign with members of their parish at St John's Catholic Church in Poulton. Photo: Daniel Martino/JPI Media

"We've been staying local, walking around Poulton or going to the beach at Cleveleys, and to the Comedy Carpet. Jude loved it there.

"The kids who have got involved with this at St John's have been amazing too.

"The Walk for Water campaign is about an Ethiopian lad who dreams of starting his own business, so it's about trying to instil that into the kids as well.

"My dad has always been a real campaigner for social justice, so I'm really proud of what we've done."

Jane Schofield and her son Jude have been taking part in CAFOD's "Walk for Water" campaign with members of their parish at St John's Catholic Church in Poulton. Photo: Daniel Martino/JPI Media

Jane's dad Paul Bradley, 84, has been St John's parish CAFOD representative for over 40 years, but was unable to take part in the Walk for Water campaign due to ill health.

He said: "I wish I could get out there myself, but it makes me so proud to see my daughter and my youngest grandson on this incredible journey for CAFOD.

"It’s estimated that as many as 150 million more people worldwide will end up in abject poverty, ill health and starvation this year as a result of the pandemic.

"So their work is vital, and it’s great to make a Fylde coast contribution."

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