Walk for the Right To Life scheduled for Bank Holiday Monday

By Moira Billinge

The Right To Life annual sponsored walk in Clitheroe will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, 25 May, beginning at 1pm – and we very much hope that you will be able to accompany us.

We are delighted to announce that this year Bishop John Arnold, the new Bishop of Salford, is going to take part for the first time, and he will be joined by Lord David Alton of Liverpool and Fiona Bruce, Conservative MP for Congleton and chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Pro-life Group.

The late Jim Dobbin, former Labour MP for Heywood and Middleton – who was joint-chairman of that parliamentary group together with Mrs Bruce – attended every Right To Life walk after the event's launch in 2001. Such was his commitment that he even participated on his birthday last year; he is missed dearly and to mark our first walk without him, this year's edition has been named the Jim Dobbin Memorial Walk.

The route for the walk is meticulously planned and expertly guided by Monsignor John Corcoran. The eight-mile circular trek starts and finishes at the same venue as 12 months ago, St Michael and St John RC Church, Lowergate, Clitheroe, BB7 1AG – whose parishioners will kindly provide refreshments during the walk and afterwards in the parish centre.

Below is an extract from an article written after the 2014 event, by David Hart of Bishop Eton parish, Liverpool: "It was a glorious sunny day for a riverside stroll. The setting was perfect. The river Ribble meandered westwards from beneath Pendle Hill, noisy and fast-flowing, occasionally giving way to swirling pools where wading fishermen cast their lines, trying to lure hungry trout. Birds and mallards went about the business of early summer, and families picnicked on the banks, children splashing in the water. Every bend in the river provided a new landscape, a picture of inspiration, all crafted by God."

We cannot promise a glorious sunny day but it will be a very worthwhile one. If you are unable to attend, please consider sponsoring the walk or perhaps a specific person – Bishop Arnold or Lord Alton, for instance. If so, please contact us. We really do appreciate any help you can offer.

Phyllis Bowman was much more unashamedly strident in her appeals for money than we in Right To Life have ever dared to be in the three years since she diedbut our need for funds is more crucial than ever. She was correct to be so, because we are the only country in the world where the genetic modification of human beings is allowed, or where human and animal gametes can be mixed for research purposes. It is only through your financial help, and prayers, that we can continue our work to try to turn the tide in Parliament and become a society that will respect life from conception to natural death. We might not see it in our lifetime, but with your help, it will happen one day.

For sponsor and booking forms and for any queries, please contact me via moira.billinge@btinternet.com or 07545118743.

Photos by Michael Davis