On Saturday 10th September Mark Potter, a member of our congregation, will be completing a 31 mile pilgrimage from St Mary’s to Chichester Cathedral. He’ll be leaving early in the morning and hopes to arrive in Chichester in time for Evening Prayers and a blessing. Mark is also hoping to be sponsored for his challenge to raise funds for St Marys.
When asked why, Mark replied:
“I can see all the great work St Mary’s carries out in our community. The pandemic brought financial challenges to so many great causes, and the current economic climate is difficult for many. I wanted to help a bit as best I can. To me, combining my faith with my walking boots is an obvious thing to do. When I did something similar last year our community was wonderfully supportive. We raised £12,000. This year I’ve been encouraged by many people to find another challenge they can get behind, so I’m retracing my steps following a very similar route. I’m hoping to raise £10,000 so please sponsor me if you’re able to. I’ll be very grateful and I know it will be spent wisely and thoughtfully by the Parish Church Council”
One sponsor has already stepped forward and offered to help by matching Mark’s fundraising. His employer, Legal & General, will match each penny raised up to a generous £5,000.
The route Mark will follow to Chichester Cathedral will take him out of Shoreham, up into the South Downs National Park and west along the South Downs Way to Amberley. From there he’ll join the Monarch’s Way towards Goodwood, and then along the Literary Trail into Chichester. A tiring 31 mile challenge for any walker.
If you’d like to help there are a couple of ways to sponsor Mark. For example please contact the church office or speak to one of the team. Or you can follow the link below to sponsor online. Alternatively please feel free to drop in a donation in the church including a note to indicate that it’s sponsorship and from yourself. Many many thanks in advance..