A team of cyclists from Shotton is preparing to pedal more than 200 miles to raise funds for the 2017 Diocese of St Asaph Charity of the Year, Tŷ Croeso Dawn Elizabeth House, in the grounds of Glan Clwyd Hospital.
The pilgrimage ride, as it’s being called, will start from the hospital in August and finish four days later at the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in Norfolk.
It’s been organised by Debbie Ellson, Julie Maddock, Adrian Johnson and Rob Dawson from St Ethelwold’s Church in Shotton and has the blessing of the church’s vicar, Father Steve Green.
In an article in this month’s diocesan magazine, Teulu Asaph, Debbie explains how the idea for the pilgrimage came about. She said: “The starting point came after a church pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, in Norfolk when I became friends with Julie and Adrian. We met Rob later and he agreed to be the fourth pilgrim.
“Tŷ Croeso was announced as the St Asaph Diocesan charity for 2017 and this seemed like the perfect charity fit for our fundraising efforts.”
Tŷ Croeso is a six-roomed unit that offers a safe, warm and comforting welcome for parents whose babies or children are critically ill and in the care of Glan Clwyd Hospital. It has two paid staff and relies totally on donations and volunteers to support the daily needs of parents.
Debbie added: “Having lost my own daughter, I knew that this was the charity I wanted to support with this pilgrimage ride.
“We’re all training hard for this with weekly gym sessions and almost daily rides up many hills, taking in many miles.
“On 19 August, we will set off from Tŷ Croeso, calling at St Ethelwold’s Church the following morning for 8 o’clock Eucharist before pedalling every mile from North Wales to the feet of Our Lady of Walsingham over four days. The cycling pilgrims, with our support crew, will be stopping at churches in towns along the way, starting and ending each day’s ride with prayer, fellowship and hopefully a soft cushion!”
Every year churches in the Diocese of St Asaph select a local charity to support, in addition to other fundraising. Previous recipients include Blind Veterans UK, Wales Air Ambulance, Farming Community Network and The Archbishop Rice Jones Charitable Trust.
Teulu Asaph is a 16-page, free magazine, published every two months. It is circulated to more than 7,000 people across the Diocese of St Asaph. The April/May edition is available in now and includes articles on modern slavery, sanctuary and news from church schools.
You can follow the Pilgrimage Ride in support of Tŷ Croeso via Facebook “North Wales to Walsingham PilgrimageRide”. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1762978900636030/).