Retired Priests Appeal Church to Church Sponsored Walk


Thank you for your support over the last four years raising money for the Sick and Retired Priests Appeal. Many of you have contributed to the appeal in many ways and we have raised over 3.3 million pounds of the 5 million needed. As we head towards Trinity Sunday, the date that the main appeal will come to an end for most parishes, and the reinstatement of the annual second collection, we would like to invite you to join us on a diocesan wide sponsored walk event.

On Tuesday 30th May, Canon Eddy Jarosz, will start his walk from Burton on Trent, ending on Friday the 9th June at Scunthorpe. A day trip to Alkborough will take place the following day.

On Tuesday 23rd May, John and Gillian Fernandez, parishioners of Sacred Heart Loughborough will start their walk from Glossop, finishing at St Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham on Pentecost Sunday 4th June, where they will meet with Canon Eddy’s walkers. Bishop Patrick will greet them. Bishop Patrick will also walk a part of each of the routes.

Parishioners are invited to seek sponsorship and walk with Canon Eddy or John and Gillian on the routes from church to church taking in the countryside and raising money for the appeal. Any money raised by individual walkers will be accredited to their chosen parish and will form part of their appeal total. Click here for the Sponsor Form (indivs) .

For those parishes not on the route, we are asking that parishioners kindly sponsor the lead walkers and support their efforts. However, if you would like to plan a short route yourselves, please feel free to do so, even an organised walk around a local park or local place of interest. Please let us know if you plan something and we will add it to this website. Click for the Sponsor Form (FsBp)


A map of the routes can be seen below. Each walk will start at around 10am or after morning mass, whichever is the earlier. Where possible the walks will take place following either pathways or riversides. Because of the location of some routes it will not always be possible to start the walk at the church, so transport may be needed to meet at the safest and most convenient place. Walks will be between 10 to 20 miles long with some parts being more challenging than others.

We have a proposed timetable for the walk, each parish has received a letter asking for support, outlining the plan for the walkers with dates and times. These will be updated and are subject to change.

Retired Priests Appeal Walk

Glossop to St Barnabas Route                       Burton On Trent to Scunthorpe Route

Although we don’t have a walk planned in the Oakham area, we have located a route on the television presenter Julia Bradbury’s website ( that covers the Exton and Whitwell areas. Click here for the Rutland Route. The 10 mile walk of medium difficulty, is a picturesque one with the promise of cake at the end! (you will need to purchase this yourselves).

The Woodhall Spa Community Website ( has a range of short walks covering the village and surrounding lanes, to longer walks along the Spa Trail to Horncastle. Walk 8 on the list takes you past the Catholic Church of St Peter and Our Lady. Click here for the Woodhall Spa Route.

*Please note that the Woodhall Spa 10k is taking place on Sunday 4th June so many roads may be closed throughout the day and the village will be busy. If you are taking part in the run, please consider raising money for the appeal.

The Lincolnshire Wolds surrounded by Market Rasen, Horncastle, Louth and Spilsby and close to Grimsby, Cleethorpes, Immingham and Skegness provide a number of enjoyable walks and cycle trails. Click here for the Lincs Wolds Route.

The Parish Priest of Sileby & Syston has already completed a walk for the Appeal.


We ask that any participants ensure that they are fit to walk and are fully responsible for their own safety. Walkers need to have the correct clothing and ideally walking shoes and enough water and food for each walk. Although the lead walkers have planned the routes they are not responsible for the welfare of walkers, so it is imperative that walkers have their own mobile phones and someone on standby to collect them should they need it. If children (under the age of 18) are walking they must be accompanied by a responsible adult and cannot be left to walk alone. If walkers are bringing dogs, they must be under control and on leads at all times.

Please respect any public footpaths and follow the countryside code, including shutting gates and not leaving litter. If walking along roads without footpaths please be mindful of the traffic and always walk in single file.

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Donations can be made in the form of sponsorship, using the forms below, by collections in churches or by using our online Bt MyDonate internet page. Click to Donate . This is the easiest way to support the walk as the Gift Aid (if this applies) is automatically claimed on our behalf, there is a small charge for the online service. If your church is on the route and you would like to arrange a coffee morning on the day the walkers are leaving or arriving, this would be a great way to raise money and support the walk. We can send you collecting boxes, thank you stickers and gift aid envelopes as well as posters to advertise the event.

Sponsor Form (indivs) – Please use this form to collect sponsorship if you are walking

Sponsor Form (FsBp) – Please use this form to collect sponsorship for Bishop Patrick, Canon Jarosz or John and Gillian Fernandez

My Donate – Click here to donate via the internet site ( a small charge may apply)

Once sponsorship money has been collected it can be paid directly into our Lloyds Bank account. Please click for the Bank pay in and references sheet needed so that the deposit can be allocated to your parish . The sponsorship forms need to be returned to the Appeal Office, Holy Trinity Presbytery, Boundary Road, Newark, Notts. NG24 4AU (Our pre paid envelopes can be used and a supply will be sent to each parish).



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