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Bishop and presenter step out to fight poverty

WALKERS ... the Bishop of Durham, the Rt Rev Paul Butler, left, will be joined by TV presenter John Grundy, right, on a fundraising walk in South Tyneside.

WALKERS ... the Bishop of Durham, the Rt Rev Paul Butler, left, will be joined by TV presenter John Grundy, right, on a fundraising walk in South Tyneside.

THE Bishop of Durham will help put the boot into poverty during an historic fundraising walk in South Tyneside.

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 Bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend Paul Butler, and TV presenter, historian and former South Tyneside College 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.”

This year, Christian Aid walkers will be stepping out in solidarity with communities from Colombia, who have been displaced, have disappeared or been assassinated by armed groups illegally seeking to control their land.

Proceeds from this month’s walk will help victims of such 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 also written a fundraising book, linked to the Bede’s Way Walk, which will be available for £5, with all profits for Christian Aid.

For more information about the walk or the book, call 228 0191 or e-mail newcastle@christian-aid.org

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