In October 2011 we launched a new funding concept for the Two Saints Way. The basic idea is to encourage individuals and organisations to adopt a mile of the Two Saints Way. Since the total cost of the project was £88,000 and the route is about 88 miles, it means that each mile ‘costs’ £1,000. By March 2012, we had raised £37,000 and we are now seeking to raise a further £51,000 to complete the set up of the route.
We are very keen to establish a pilgrimage route of a high quality which if not technically of National Trail status is approaching that standard. Setting up the slightly shorter Hadrian’s Wall footpath cost £6million! We think that with a total cost of £88,000 for something that will bring physical and spiritual as well as economic benefit to thousands, this will be pretty good value!
Adopt a Mile of the Two Saints Way is very much based on the concept of “relational funding”. Last summer I raised £1,315 for the Two Saints Way through my walking the route in two days. Obviously I have some sort of relationship with those who gave. I believe that the long-term sustainability of the Two Saints Way is very much about relationships. Already there is a network of relational links along the Two Saints Way. This includes about 300 people who receive regular information about the project, 13 organisations who have signed a partnership agreement with us and also other churches and organisations who have agreed to support the project.
So how does Adopt a Mile work? I have divided the Two Saints Way into 88 ‘lots’ between Chester Cathedral and St Chad’s Well in Lichfield. Each one has a name and a number. So for example, with the money I raised, I have claimed my mile which is no 55 at Meaford near my home in Stone. You can see in red on the chart and the Two Saints Way map the other miles which have already been claimed. Over the coming months we’ll hopefully see the red dots joining up.
I am encouraging early pilgrims to see if they could be sponsored and choose their mile to adopt. It would be good to see if local businesses would also adopt a mile by match funding those pilgrims.
There are all sorts of creative possibilities and one we are exploring is the idea of getting a thousand students from Staffordshire University (one of our partners) to join hands along a mile of the Two Saints Way at Beacon Hill. It should be a fun occasion and a great photographic opportunity and hopefully everyone will throw a pound in the buckets to adopt that Staffordshire University mile!
We believe that this way of fundraising is going to be distinctive and interesting as well as cementing relationships which will be beneficial for the Two Saints Way in the long term.
|Chester Cathedral – Donal Farrell
Waverton – Anchor Foundation
Milners Heath – Anchor Foundation
Hargrave – Anchor Foundation
Crow’s Nest Bridge – Anchor
Williamson’s Bridge – Anchor
Wharton’s Lock – Anchor
Calveley – UnLtd
Highbank Farm – UnLtd
Wardle – UnLtd
Nantwich – Nantwich Town Council
Dove House Farm, nr Hough
Heath Farm, nr Hough
Englesea Brook – Weston & Basford PC
Boon Hill – Seedbed
Chesterton – Seedbed
Bradwell – Seedbed
Middleport – Seedbed
Burslem Arm – Seedbed
Festival Park – Anna Francis
Hanley – Seedbed
Caldon Canal – Seedbed
|Etruria – Seedbed
Stoke Minster – Seedbed
Britannia Stadium – Seedbed
Longton Brook – Seedbed
King’s Wood – Trentham Estate
Duke of Sutherland – Trentham Estate
Tittensor Chase – Paul & Beryl Graetz
Bury Bank – Christine Conlin
Meaford – David Pott
Limekiln Basin – Seedbed
Stone – HSBC
Burston nature reserve
Beacon Hill – Staffordshire University
Milford – Cannock Chase AONB Unit
Tackeroo – Enjoy Staffordshire
Coppice Hill – Enjoy Staffordshire
Womere – Enjoy Staffordshire
Sherbrooke Valley – Cannock Chase AONB Unit
Marquis Drive – Cannock Chase AONB Unit
Beaudesert – in memory of Dr Joyce Elsom
Castle Ring – Cannock Chase AONB Unit
Gentleshaw – Cannock Chase AONB Unit
Farewell – anon
Cross in Hand Lane – anon
St Chad’s Lichfield