Olney is linked to Newton in Sierra Leone, working on building, training and education projects. The link goes back into history though Olney's famous resident John Newton, rector of Olney and co-author with William Cowper of the Olney Hymns. CRO Ltd has contributed equipment and resources to the campaign, which has widened out from an initial link between the churches of the two towns to include people from all walks of life. A new Skills Centre opened recently, funded by the ONL and built by locals.
Catherine also organises and either conducts or plays in the New Ensemble, which performs chamber music and orchestral concerts in aid of the ONL, raising around £2,000 in the past few years.