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Thursday, March 30, 2017
Walking to Lourdes and back - in a day
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¬†About 150 parishioners from Westminster walked the distance to Lourdes and back on Sunday. They were joined on the last leg of their journey by Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor. The 3,000 kilometre sponsored walk was organised to raise funds to take the disabled, sick and infirm on the Westminster Diocesan Pilgrimage. In the past, the trek has taken place in Richmond Park, organiser Fr Vladimir Felzman explained. This year however, because of the foot and mouth outbreak, the event was held in the parks of central London. Setting out from Westminster Cathedral - on the warmest day of the year so far - the route went through St James's Park, Green Park, a loop round the Serpentine in Hyde Park (where several people went for a paddle), through Kensington Gardens, ending up in Holland Park. Hardier walkers did 15 kilometres. Others did shorter distances. Schoolgirls Elizabeth, Fran and Mary Charles from Hammersmith, were among the first to reach the end of the walk in Holland Park - where their mother was a steward for the event. They said the day had been 'cool'. Cardinal Cormac said he was delighted to meet the participants and accompany them on the last part of the trip. The pilgrimage needs to raise about £40,000 this year. If you would like to make a contribution, send cheques to: Lourdes and Back Walk, Archbishop's House, Ambrosden Avenue, London, SW1P 1QJ.
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