Bishop to take part in historic charity walk

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THE Bishop of Durham will help put the boot into poverty during a historic fundraising walk.

Christian Aid supporters will trace the pilgrims’ footsteps when they take part in the Bede’s Way Walk between the Anglo-Saxon twin monastic sites of St Peter’s Church in Monkwearmouth, Sunderland, and St Paul’s Church in Jarrow, on Saturday, June 14.

Among those taking part in the sponsored walk will be the Right Reverend Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham, and TV presenter, historian and former lecturer John Grundy, who will give a talk about various sites along the route.

The event will raise money to support Christian Aid’s vital work in helping people who have been caught up in decades of conflict.

Bishop Butler said: “I have always been an active supporter of Christian Aid, so when they asked me to take part in the Bede’s Way sponsored walk, I was delighted to accept.

“Over the last few years, I have been doing prayer walks. Taking part in the Christian Aid Bede’s Way Walk will be my own prayer walk, and I am really looking forward to it.”

Proceeds from this month’s walk will help victims of conflicts around the world. At the finish of the sponsored stroll, walkers will receive complimentary tea and cake.

They will also be offered free entry to Bede’s World museum in Church Bank, Jarrow.

Mr Grundy has written a book which will be available for £5, with all profits going to Christian Aid. For more information, e-mail