Mothers’ Union encourages communities to have fun this summer while raising funds for crucial projects

This summer, Mothers’ Union is getting back to its roots by bringing communities together and giving hope to others by hosting its very own ‘Summer of Hope’ fête on the grounds of Southwark Cathedral.  On Wednesday 27th June, from 2pm until 4pm, the grounds will be transformed for the second year in a row into a summer-themed fête, complete with fun stalls for children. 

Mothers’ Union’s Summer of Hope appeal is aimed at encouraging members and the public to get together and have fun by holding tea parties, summer fêtes, barbecues or garden parties while raising money for a good cause. 

“The aim of the afternoon at Southwark Cathedral is to encourage our members to host their own events. By doing so they will be making a huge difference in the lives of vulnerable people and communities,” says Lynne Tembey, Mothers’ Union’s Worldwide President. 

“We hope that Mothers’ Union branches will embrace this opportunity to not only bring people together with fun, faith and fellowship, but also raise funds to help fund our crucial programmes,” Lynne continues. 

Programmes which help people like Martha (14) from South Sudan. She is desperate to continue her education despite living in a refugee camp in Northern Uganda. But equipment is scarce and she is struggling. Funds raised from the Summer of Hope appeal could help Mothers’ Union Community Worker, Alice, to coordinate a programme providing school kits to children like Martha – including clothes, a bag, books and stationery.

“We are thrilled to be returning to Southwark Cathedral and are very grateful to the Cathedral staff for hosting us. Why not come down on Wednesday and join the fun,” says Lynne. 

The Very Revd Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark, says, “We are delighted to welcome Mothers’ Union back to Southwark for their ‘Summer of Hope.’ Sharing the hope of God with families, wherever they are is as important as it has ever been.”

Last year’s appeal raised £107,606.41. Mothers’ Union is hoping to increase that to £125,000. Funds will help families purchase extra tools and seeds; help more women take livelihoods training so they can start their own businesses and help communities achieve long-lasting change. 

The fun starts at Southwark Cathedral from 2pm.  If you would like to organise your own event, Mothers’ Union has provided a resource packed full of ideas, information and templates for invites, posters and case studies Contact or call 020 7222 5533 ext 237