Walking past 70…


On May 2nd, I reach my ‘three score years and ten’ and so at this new fresh stage in my life, I’ve decided to walk (surprise?!) The Weardale Way which is 70+ a few miles. This time I’m not going to do it all in a couple of days as I did with The Two Saints Way 5 years ago. It’s time for a more reflective walk getting to know this lovely part of the world in County Durham that my wife and I have come to after three years on the Isle of Arran.

As well as walking, I would like to raise some funds for The Two Saints Way and for a project called Food4Thought through our charity Fountain Gate Trust – Reg Charity no 298768.

Pilgrim Pods on The Two Saints Way
The recent publication of the guidebook, recently described as “highly impressive” by Walk Magazine, means we are expecting more walkers this year. There is a great need for suitable accommodation for the unemployed or others on low incomes who would like to walk the Two Saints Way but cannot afford to pay normal B&B prices. We want to raise funds for 5 ‘pilgrim pods’ at 12-15 mile intervals along the route. If I can start the ball rolling with £2,000 I am hoping that individuals, local churches and councils will add to my £400 grants to buy the pods. The idea would be that these pilgrim pods would cost no more than £20 a night.

The challenge is to find the right 5 locations – they might be on a farm or a churchyard or even in someone’s garden. If you would be interested in this possibility or have any other advice on camping pods, please get in touch with me.

2sw-food4thoughtWe have been providing daily meals for 100 children at The Good Shepherd Nursery School in Pirang in The Gambia now for 3 years.
It is a critical project which began when we responded to the heart cry of the headteacher Binta Badjie who said to us, “How can the children learn when they have no food in their bellies?” The photo shows the children with doughnuts at the first meal we put on! We urgently need to raise £2,000 to ensure that the children continue to be fed in the coming year.

How to Donate
You can donate online to the Fountain Gate Trust account at Lloyds TSB Sort Code 30-95-02 Account no 00225314 or if you prefer you
can send a cheque payable to Wendy Cleary, The Treasurer, Fountain Gate Trust, c/o 32 Garrick Road, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS137DR. Please indicate if you wish your gift to be allocated just to The Two Saints Way Project or Food4Thought or else we will divide your donation between the two. If you are in a position to Gift Aid your donation please give via this link: https://my.give.net/davidpott.

Thank-you so much.

  1. Revd Denise Harding

    Hi, I like the idea of pilgrim pods! I am currently living in Frodsham, Cheshire, but will be moving in August to Crewe Road, Shavington, which is just off the Two Saints Way. I would like to offer accommodation at no charge to anyone who might require it from September. I would also be happy for people to use my home as a base for the duration of the walk, or for a few nights to come back to. And if that means leaving luggage at my home whilst walking, that’s fine too. Please contact me on revdenise@btinternet.com after August 2016.

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