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Southwell Christian Aid supporters to complete virtual pilgrimage throughout September

Supporters of Christian Aid will be aiming to complete a virtual pilgrimage throughout September.

People from Southwell and some of the surrounding villages will be walking, running, cycling and mobility scooting the equivalent of the 500 miles of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route from southern France to northern Spain.

A waymarker on the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage route (41293614)
A waymarker on the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage route (41293614)

They are hoping to raise as much as possible for Christian Aid, whose funds have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

Every May, in Christian Aid Week, more than 100 volunteers from Southwell, Edingley, Fiskerton, Halam, Morton, Normanton and Upton collect door to door to support the charity’s work in 37 countries.

Last year the collection made more than £8,000, but this year they were unable to have it.

Instead, a Just Giving page, along with donations of ticket money for a cancelled Lent lunch, raised more than £2,000. The money will go towards the charity’s work in response to the coronavirus pandemic in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Lesley McKenzie, on behalf of Southwell Christian Aid committee, said: “Unfortunately funds for this work are greatly reduced this year and coronavirus is revealing even more the problems faced by the world’s poor.

“Times are desperate and have been made far worse by the pandemic. Consequently we are launching another fundraising event.

“Please sponsor us and see regular updates of the progress of Southwell and Villages Pilgrimage 2020 at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/casouthwellandvillagespilgrimage2020

“Thank you for helping us to help our global neighbours who are still facing crisis.”

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