Sponsored Walk to Westminster
Raising money for homeless charity Passage
Report by Deputy Head Mr Feely
On Saturday morning students from every year group, staff, parents, siblings, and governors walked more than 7 miles from Our Lady’s to Westminster Cathedral. Even though it took more than 3 hours we made it all the way without stopping.
If you haven’t sponsored us yet but would like to do so the sponsorship page will still be open for the next week or so at the following link: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/ourladyspassage.
All funds raised will go to the Passage a charity that supports homeless people in London.
I would like to personally thank Daniel Smith, Daniel Lake, David Bailey, and Hayat Deghmous for giving up their Saturday to walk with us.
Report by Sixth Former Jenna
On Saturday the 10th of March a group of staff, students and family members set off on a seven mile walk from school to Westminster Cathedral in order to raise money for The Passage, a Catholic charity working in London with people who are homeless. The walk may have taken three hours, for some of us probably the longest distance they have ever walked without a break, but everyone was very happy to give their time and their energy for such a worthy cause.
Upon arriving at the Cathedral, we were greeted by Fr Martin Plunkett who said a prayer with us and led us into Our Lady’s Chapel for a tour. Our volunteer from The Passage, Andrew, then took us to The Passage centre which is a two minute walk from the Cathedral. It is equipped with an ICT suite specifically designed to help people find a job and give them support with writing CVs. They use this service to get as many people off the streets as possible, last year they helped over 100 people do this. Not only does the charity help with employment, they also help find accommodation- especially given the recent snow that made the streets a very dangerous place to live. The building provides sleeping rooms during the day along with showers and a store of fresh clothes. In order to help give people access to healthcare, they have a medical area with consultation rooms and medical staff who volunteer their time to give treatment. A primary concern is treating people’s feet, as living on the streets means keeping shoes on for the whole day which can lead to painful foot conditions. Their canteen spreads across two floors and welcomes many for hot meals daily.
After seeing for ourselves the facilities Passage provides, and the strong ethos of helping people they have, it is clear to say The Passage is truly a brilliant charity that does a lot for the community. Thus, it was our pleasure to hold a sponsored walk for them and are very grateful to all our sponsors for helping us make a difference.