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Churchgoers set out on quest to visit 42 cathedrals

by Kelly Valencia
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Walkers are on a mission to take ten million steps for a good cause. They want to connect their village church with all 42 Anglican cathedrals in England through a fundraising challenge.

The walkers, calling themselves the Pommie Pilgrims, are raising money to update the All Saints Church in Youlgrave, Derbyshire, which is a Grade I listed building. Their fundraising target is £42,000.

So far 52 people have signed up to do the first tram of the walk.

Rev Adele Barker, from the White Peak and Youlgrave Benefice, has described the challenge as “huge”. The church, founded in 1155, needs essential upgrades to ensure its long-term survival and to make it more inviting.

"Our hope to connect Youlgrave with each cathedral in the country via pilgrimage is a huge challenge," Rev Barker said.

"It will be interesting to hear all the stories that will flow from each journey.

"We have a beautiful church building, and all that is raised will be used to ensure that we can provide a warm welcome and hospitality in All Saints for

The funds raised will go towards maintaining the historic church and ensuring it remains a welcoming place for years.

The Pommie Pilgrims have set up a Instagram and Facebook page to document their journey.

The pilgrimage kicks off from Youlgrave on Sunday, with the first stop planned at Derby Cathedral on Tuesday. Future walks will connect cathedrals across the country, including routes from Carlisle to Newcastle, Lincoln to Norwich, Liverpool to Chester, and Canterbury to Exeter and Truro.


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