Children's message of hope

1 July 2020

Frank Cottrell Boyce

Author Frank Cottrell-Boyce will write a short piece based on what children have said they are hopeful about at this time.

We are so excited that children’s author Frank Cottrell-Boyce is supporting our Summer of Hope campaign as part of our Coronavirus Appeal.

Frank will be capturing children’s thoughts and feelings at this challenging time and turning them into a unique piece of writing on behalf of CAFOD.

We invite young people across England and Wales and internationally to be a part of this hopeful, inspirational piece that will reflect that we are a global family - each of us brothers and sisters – and that each person, especially the poorest in our world, matters.

Join in! What has given you hope during this challenging time? It might be an object, an activity, a person, a phrase, or an idea.

How to take part

In just one word, or one sentence, tell us what has given you hope. You can use pictures or designs to illustrate your words. 

Please ask permission from an adult to email your ideas to before Monday 27 July.

If you’ve put your ideas down on paper and you want to send a photo of it, that’s fine too! Don’t forget to include your first name, your age and your town.

"A great way to capture future memories"

Frank will then write a short piece based on what children have said they are hopeful about. We will share this piece through our schools work and on our digital channels in September.

Frank said:

"I am delighted to be part of this CAFOD project. We are living through an extraordinary moment in history. When our children grow up, their children and their children's children will want to hear what life was like during the pandemic of 2020.

"So, this is a great way to capture future memories and to help children realise the importance and understand the lessons of what they are living through.

"This is a time of isolation so it's a particularly brilliant idea to have a project that we all work on together. Because although we have to be apart, we know that we are all one. Although we are isolated, we are never alone.”

Please note, by sending in your submission (whether written or drawn) you give CAFOD permission to reproduce it for use for this project, and others, including media work.

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