Bridget Huddleston and Caroline Hull from Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) have undertaken a series of sponsored walks taking in five cathedrals across the north-west to raise awareness and funds for Christians returning to the Nineveh Plain in Iraq.
Wearing ACN T-shirts and carrying their 'pilgrim passport', the pair's first walk in May took them from Lancaster Cathedral to Salford Cathedral, and included a stop at St Mary's, Chorley – the first parish in the Archdiocese to welcome them.
Father Paul Seddon was next to meet the ACN duo on 15 June at St Richard's, Atherton during the second leg from Salford to Liverpool's Metropolitan Cathedral. All Saints, Golborne and Animate in St Helens also offered hospitality to the duo, who stayed overnight at different parishes en route. Canon Tony O'Brien was then on hand to greet them at the Cathedral.
In July, their walk from Liverpool to Wrexham Cathedral began with a blessing from Archbishop Malcolm McMahon followed by Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral. Lynne and Tony Glynn, parishioners of the Archdiocese, joined them for this walk over the hot weekend of 7–8 July. 'The heat really slowed us down this time, but we kept going because we know how much the suffering Christian community in Iraq needs our help and support,' said Bridget, who is schools and events coordinator for ACN NW.
Lynne and Tony had previously walked the Camino de Santiago for ACN in 2016, and Caroline, ACN's NW manager, said: 'They were wonderful companions, and their generosity and commitment definitely put an extra spring in my step.'
The final leg of the ACN cathedrals walk will take place in September, between Wrexham and Shrewsbury.
To sponsor Bridget and Caroline, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/walks4iraq or contact ACN’s northwest office: Tel. 01524 388739; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or via ACN NW, Office 7-4-4 Cameron House, White Cross, Quarry Road, Lancaster LA1 4XQ.