On Monday, 26 June an intrepid group of adults from across the Diocese completed a ten-mile sponsored walking pilgrimage in aid of Mary’s Meals, a charity whose aim it is to feed children in the world’s poorest communities.

  Setting off from breath-taking Curbar Edge in the morning sunshine, the pilgrims followed a scenic route through the beautiful Peak District, merging with fellow pilgrims at Longshaw for the challenging descent through boulder-strewn Padley Gorge to the ancient Padley Chapel.

  Mass was celebrated in the chapel grounds by Fr Lee Marshall from The Annunciation and Holy Family Parish in Chesterfield.  Fr Lee, who also completed all ten miles of the pilgrimage wearing one of the Mary’s Meals T-shirts, said, “This was a blessed day and a wonderful opportunity to raise vital funds for Mary’s Meals.”

  After a picnic lunch in the sunshine, the pilgrims put best foot forward and successfully completed the return leg of the walk along the picturesque valley to Curbar.

  A sum of approximately £1,300 was raised in sponsorship for Mary’s Meals.  Maria Volpone, who coordinated the walk, said, “I had no idea when I first suggested the sponsored walking pilgrimage that we would raise such an amount.  Some of our walkers even overcame health challenges and mobility issues to take part.  It was a real family affair for me, as my two sons took time off work to take part in the walk – and Mylo, our dog, joined us too!”

  Mary’s Meals can make a lasting difference to the lives of children in some of the world’s poorest countries.  It costs just £13.90 to feed a child for a whole school year, so even the smallest amounts can have a huge impact.  Anyone interested in finding out more about the work of Mary’s Meals, sending a donation, or hosting a fundraising event in their parish can do so by visiting their website http://www.marysmeals.org.uk/.