Event: Our 30th Pilgrimage to Canterbury

The Pilgrimage to Canterbury is an annual event held over the August bank holiday weekend (28 – 31th August 2020). This is our 30th Pilgrimage, a remarkable year!

100 people will walk the 74-mile route from Trafalgar Square to Canterbury, leaving on Friday morning from St Martin-in-the-Fields and arriving at Canterbury on Monday afternoon. Walking in Chaucer’s footsteps you’ll get to meet a wonderful and diverse group of The Connection’s supporters, some homeless, most not, but all enjoying the lively company, the spectacular countryside and the delicious food we have along the way!

Registrations are now open!

You can also help by sponsoring our ten client walkers via our online sponsorship form

If you have any questions or to find out more please contact Eugene Ling, Pilgrimage Co-ordinator, on 020 7766 5555 or eugene.ling@cstm.org.uk or download the leaflet.

Located in the heart of Westminster, we’re the UKs busiest homelessness centre, working in direct contact with vulnerable homeless rough sleepers all year round. Being a local organisation, we don’t have the overheads that others do, and can promise you that 91p in every £1 will be spent on helping homeless people. Running for us means you will be directly supporting the homeless people who need your help most, through our services which enable people to access housing, employment training, and professional support to overcome personal issues.

Last year the Pilgrimage raised over £40,000 for our services, this year we hope to raise even more! For individuals wanting a target or an extra challenge, we are suggesting a target of £300 . We appreciate the support given from all of our walkers and fundraisers- so thank you!

What difference could you make?

£100 could fund 4 full initial assessments for newly homeless people, creating their action plans and giving them access to hot nutritious meals, showers, laundry and GP services
£350 could enable a vulnerable homeless rough sleeper to have a course of specialist one-to-one mental health support sessions which will help them to positively cope with their problems and move forward. Considering that approximately two thirds of homeless people living on the streets have mental health problems which are often severely hindering their ability to move on from the streets, that is a massive contribution.