On Saturday, 28 July a determined group of adults from across the Hallam Diocese completed a ten-mile sponsored walking pilgrimage alongside parts of the River Don and nearby canals in aid of the charity Mary’s Meals.
The mixed group, including parishioners from Edlington and Balby, St Thomas of Canterbury and Our Lady Queen of Peace (plus Misty the dog), set off bright and early from Barnby Dun at Doncaster. After crossing the aqueduct over the River Don they walked through the village to the public footpath along the river into Stainforth. From this furthest point, they traced their footsteps back to South Bramwith and crossed onto the canal locks, then the aqueduct, before following the River Don back to Barnby Dun, totalling 7.6 miles.
After a spot of lunch, they walked a further three miles in the opposite direction to St Oswald’s Church on the canal bank in Kirk Sandall.
Pilgrim, Pete Marshall said, “The fabulous sunny weather had unfortunately broken that weekend – but our guardian angels found us a four hour window between the raindrops, making perfect walking conditions.”
Fellow pilgrim, Fr Kieran Fletcher expressed gratitude to all those who took part and their generous sponsors. “A fantastic sum of £2,650 was raised for Mary’s Meals: enough to feed 190 school children for a whole year. This made it worth all the effort!”
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 www.marysmeals.org.uk.