Benedict Protheroe, a recent Christ Church languages student, is walking almost 1200 miles to Rome, and raising money for the charity Practical Action along the way. Taking time out from a career in television, he left Canterbury Cathedral at the end of April and is now in Reims, walking fifteen miles a day and carrying his tent and equipment himself.
Pilgrimage is at the heart of the origins of Christ Church, as the Shrine of St Frideswide in what is now the Cathedral was an important pilgrimage centre in the 12th century. As a student Benedict was a lively and enthusiastic member of the college and cathedral, and it is no surprise to his friends and tutors that he is stepping out so boldly, and using his own pilgrimage to help others. He writes,
This year my father, Robin Protheroe, celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of his ordination to the Anglican priesthood. This adds a further sense of meaning to this pilgrimage, during which I will reflect on and give thanks for his lifetime of commitment to the Christian church.
Many people suggested that I should seek sponsorship for the walk, and I realised that I should not miss this opportunity to raise some money for a good cause. That is why I would ask you, if you are able, to generously donate to Practical Action.
Practical Action is a charity that seeks to help disadvantaged people by empowering them individually and as communities to raise their standard of living by means of practical technologies and skills. Please look at their website www.practicalaction.org.uk to find out more - I think you'll find it inspiring.
Donating through my fundraising page here is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to sponsor me: Practical Action will receive your money faster and, if you are a UK taxpayer, an extra 28% in tax will be added to your gift at no cost to you.
I will be walking around 1200 miles. You might like to sponsor me 1p per mile, 5p, 10p... You might like to make a smaller or larger donation. I will be very grateful for any donation that is made to Practical Action, no matter how large or small. It will strengthen me as I walk each day to know that I am supported by your generosity.
Many thanks for your support. Benedict.
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