July 23, 2020 Parish News

Parish Virtual Pilgrimage raises £2,687 for CAFOD’s coronavirus appeal

Parish Virtual Pilgrimage raises £2,687 for CAFOD’s coronavirus appeal

Last weekend our virtual pilgrims reached their virtual destination, the shrine of our patronal St Edmund at Bury St Edmunds! They set out on this 109-mile route five weeks ago on 15th June, and each week have sent in photos of the interesting places they have visited as they walked all over the Surrey Hills, all of which have been put up on our new facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/stedsgod And every Friday evening they met together virtually on zoom at a virtual pub en route.

The objective of all this walking was to raise £1000 for the CAFOD Coronavirus Appeal with donations via: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Jo-Lewry1 Nearly 30 parishioners signed up and the £1000 target was quickly exceeded, and to date the pilgrimage has raised a massive £2,687!

Our pilgrims collectively walked 2,155 miles, which equates to 19.7 of them reaching Bury St Edmunds! Perhaps the rest will get there one day! On the final day everyone met up to share pilgrim tales and a real-life picnic by the river in Godalming - in socially-distanced groups of 6, of course. Everyone agreed how enjoyable virtual pilgrimages can be, and how much they had discovered about Godalming and beyond.

Thank you to everyone who supported the pilgrimage, and well done to all the walkers and all those who kindly donated to the appeal. St Edmund, pray for us.