Thirty gallant walkers took part in Emeritus Bishop John’s Walk this year and a very special welcome was reserved for our new Bishop, the Rt Rev Ralph Heskett. The new Bishop of Hallam had little notice of the walk but, in spite of lack of training, completed the first seven miles of the fifteen mile trek with his dog, Molly.

Head teachers, priests, business associates, staff, volunteers and clients of the Centre took part in a wonderful day’s trek which was nicknamed ‘The Dambusters Walk’ as the route took in the Ladybower, Derwent and Howden reservoirs, with Emeritus Bishop John of course, leading the field.

This was the 16th annual walk and hopefully it will raise many thousands for St Wilfrid’s proposed Residential accommodation. Director, Kevin Bradley said, “It was great to have two Bishops with us on the walk and we hope to continue the event for many years to come as Emeritus Bishop John has promised his return for as long as his legs will carry him.  I would like to thank all those who have sponsored the walkers and assure them that their donations will make a big difference to the lives of homeless and vulnerable people.”

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Pictured are the Bishop of Hallam, Ralph Heskett shaking hands with the Emeritus Bishop of Hallam, John Rawsthorne, surrounded by the group of walkers.

Photograph courtesy of Tony