We recently reported that the Chair of the St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Academies Trust (STCCAT) was due to take part in the Great Manchester Run on Sunday 19th May, in a bid to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s Society.

Mr Atkin’s run also coincided with Dementia Action Week (20th-26th May 2019) a national awareness campaign that has been taking place this week.

We’re pleased to let you know that not only did Mr Atkin complete the race but he secured a new personal best of 2 hours 36 minutes.

If you would like to make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Society please visit Mr Atkin’s fundraising page:


Get Involved in Dementia Action Week – 20 – 26 May 2019

Dementia Action Week (20 - 26 May 2019) unites people, workplaces, schools and communities to take action and improve the lives of people living with dementia.  Hundreds of events have been taking place this week, find out what is happening near you: http://bit.ly/DementiaActionWeekEvents

The Chair of the St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Academies Trust (STCCAT), Mr Chris Atkin, is set to take on the Great Manchester Run for the second time later this month.

As someone who volunteers so much time to our schools, chairing our trust, serving on our local school committees and volunteering to teach maths in our primary schools, we wanted to share his fundraising journey with you.

Mr Atkin will be taking on the Great Manchester Run’s Half Marathon on Sunday 19th May, a distance of 13 miles and 192 yards to be precise or an impressive 21.0975km in total. 

Running in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society, a charity which is close to his heart, Mr Atkin said: “I am running in honour of my Aunty Joan, one person who lives with Alzheimer's and at age 90 she has had a good life, but there are plenty of much younger people who are not so lucky.

“I have friends and family who have struggled with their loved ones, with something that can be so devastating in so many ways.

“I hope that by taking part in the Great Manchester Run, I can raise awareness of this remarkable charity and help to raise valuable funds that will make a real difference to the lives of people living with dementia and their families.”

If you would like to make a donation please visit Mr Atkin’s fundraising page:


About Alzheimer’s Society – United to create a world without dementia

Alzheimer’s Society is transforming the landscape of dementia forever. Until the day we find a cure, we will create a society where those affected by dementia are supported and accepted, able to live in their community without fear or prejudice.


Thomas Becket Catholic School, based on the Kettering Rd North, Becket Way, Northampton, are proud to announce that they have recently received the donation of a lifesaving defibrillator via the DIPPS Defibrillators in public places Charity.

We are very happy to join the DIPPS journey to place lifesaving defibrillators into our communities to increase the odds of survival for the 80,000-120,000 people who will suffer a cardiac arrest in a public place in the UK each year.

Our defibrillator is located securely on the outside of the main front entrance to school and will be registered with the NHS and Ambulance Service for emergency use for the whole community. Defibrillators save lives.

Mark McLaughlin, Headteacher, said: "We are delighted to accept this lifesaving defibrillator here at Thomas Becket Catholic

"This will not only be here for the benefit of our staff and pupils but also to all our external lettings which include our community, Karate, Football, Dance, Church groups and organisations. We are very grateful."

If you would like to find out more about Thomas Becket Catholic School call 01604 493211 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The pupils of the St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Academies Trust enjoyed working together to provide an opportunity for the wider community to share in their Lenten journey, which allowed us all to take time to be with Jesus and relive His suffering in a service of reflection, prayer and music.

The pupils, led by Mrs Darwin, the Trust Chaplain, identified Jesus’ suffering by following the Stations of the Cross, through their readings, modern day reflections, prayers and hymns.  Each of the four schools were represented by readers and their school choirs.

Jasmine from The Good Shepherd read the words of Jesus:

“…I realised I had to be utterly humiliated to fully appreciate the misery some people suffer.  This way, I can look them in the eye and say: ‘I understand your pain.  I am one with you.’”

Through this reflection, on His physical and emotional journey towards the cross, we recognised that the experiences of Jesus and the onlookers, teach us how to witness Jesus in our lives today.

All the choirs sung in adoration, having practised individually in their schools with Mrs Ro Sefton.  Their harmonies filled the Cathedral as the children united to lead each hymn for the congregation.  Whilst this was happening, Quaku and Isaac from Thomas Becket and St Gregory’s respectively, carried the cross symbolising Jesus’ journey through each of the stations around the Cathedral.

Phizana from St Mary’s, reminded us of the example set by the women of Jerusalem when they showed us that true compassion means getting involved and doing everything you can to help. 

The service was brought to a close by Thomas Becket’s rendition of ‘God so Loved the World’.

This service of reflection brought us all closer to Jesus and gave the congregation a chance to take time and reflect during the season of Lent.  Thank you to the Cathedral team, all the staff, Mrs Darwin and Mrs Sefton for preparing the children on their Lenten journey.

STCCAT Lenten Service


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