vital aid to Poland
LISL Biggs-Davison of the Anglo-Polish Medical Foundation has been telling me about their springtime aid delivery to the Pope's homeland.
"Our driver's cab was rather small, but we stowed our luggage, iron rations and ourselves without too much discomfort, and our driver, Marek, steered us out of the port and towards Grudziadz. There we were met by a jolly priest, Fr Sotobodwski, who was in charge of the large residential school for deaf and dumb children. He was absolutely thrilled with the children's clothes and sweets, besides a sum of money from the pupils and staff of the Sacred Heart High School in Wealdstone, Harrow, with which he intends to buy specialist teaching equipment.
Next port of call was Lodz, where we parked outside the Carmelite convent, deciding that after midnight was too late to unpack. Fr Miecenkowski took us off to our berths for the night. The next morning we unloaded parcels for the nuns, before driving to the University Church, where the large delivery of medical and surgical supplies was offloaded by the young men and women, who assist Fr M in his work.
Fortified by some refreshments, we were soon on the road for Katowice, where Dr Golba was waiting for us at the hospital for the chronically ill. We were greatly relieved to see him looking much better and to hear that life was easier. However, the hospital supplies, soap and food were sorely needed, and the gratitude of Dr
Girls win song contest
CONGRATULATIONS to Miss Aldridge, head of Music, and the girls of the Convent of Jesus and Mary High School, Crownhill Road, Willesden, London NW10, on their recent success in the Carena International Song Festival in Barcelona, Spain, where they took first prize with their song "When I".
The group, six girls, include Anne Fittall, Nicola Banks, fourth year pupils, and ex-pupil Catherine Foley. The competitors were required to compose their own music and to write their own lyrics. The group meets every week for rehearsals. Golba and his staff was helped remove the enormo overwhelming. We had now amount of supplies. It w realised that our driver was a marvellous to see the gre gem; helping us to unload at improvement in conditions sin
each stop. our first visit six years befor We were late once again at our The equipment taken duni next stop, Kielce, which made it that time has been put to go, hard to find the Convent of.the use and it shows.
Sisters of Nazareth, even though Our next stop was at it is next to the cathedral no less! Niewenglowski's church, wh(
So it was sleep before unloading, we left lots of clothes and oti which we did after attending supplies for the poor famili/ early Mass in the convent and also boxes of orangi chapel. We also learned that we lemons, sweets and clothes f had bought a heavy lorry into the mentally handicapp the old town, where vehicles up children's home. There were t) to four tons only are allowed more destinations in Wars;
ours weighed more than 20! before we finished: t Marek: "These people have children's department of t brought medical aid from Medical Academy, and t Britain under an agreement K onstancin Rehabilit ad. between the Pope and General Centre Poland's Sto Jarulzezki! If you have a report Mandeville and once again to make, make it to the Bishop was nearly midnight when t over there' (pointing to the last box was unloaded.
cathedral)! Silenced, the We heartily thank all th( policeman turned his bike and who have helped readers left. The unloading for the the Catholic Herald, t convent and hospital for Kielce companies, hospitals a took us some two hours, and we doctors who have given ve
left some supplies for Rabka, very necessary expensive surgi which the convent promised to and medical goods, medi send on. We left Kielce to the journals and equipment; 1 ringing of the Angelus and with schools and individuals w no sign of policemen, and drove have collected food, swee towards Warsaw. toiletries, clothes and money.
We had a smooth journey Further details from north, and were at the Praski Biggs-Davison, 26 Campd Hospital by mid-afternoon. Lots House, Sheffield Te r r a( of doctors, nurses and porters London W8 7NF. (01) 727 314
CSSP plea for prisoners.
CONGRATULATIONS to advice, counselling and soc Michael Gregory and Charles services to prisoners, form Chiddick who have received the prisoners and their famili( Papal Award Pro Ecclesia et With about 50 suicides a ye Pontifice, for their total of 50 among prisoners in jail, or years service to the Catholic remand, there is somethii Social Service for Prisoners. radically wrong with the out The presentation was made by date Victorian prison system. Mgr Richard Atherton, Principal Catholic Chaplain to If you have not the ability, the Prison Department of the the stomach for answerii Home Office, after a Christ's call to "visit ti concelebrated Mass with four prisoner", you can make up f priests, three of them prison it by sending a donatio chaplains. however small, to Ne The CSSP, which operates on Ockenden, Director, Cathol a shoe-string budget, is 90 years Social Service for Prisoner old this year. With the sharp 189a Old Brompton Roa increase in the prison population London SW5. Telephone 01 3' they need funds to help their 6612.