Event: Virtual Pilgrimage 2020

Virtual Pilgrimage 2020
Graphics Credit @ Anna S

The Virtual Pilgrimage from St Martin’s to Canterbury is new for 2020! Normally over 100 keen walkers join us for 74 miles as we walk in Chaucer’s footsteps from St Martin-in-the-Fields in Charing Cross to Canterbury Cathedral.

After careful consideration of the health and safety of volunteers, staff and participants, including Connection clients, during the pandemic, we have decided to make our 30th year virtual. We hope to have even more people join us this year as we all walk in celebration of, and in the spirit of, The Connection to Canterbury Pilgrimage.

What is the Virtual Pilgrimage?

As this is our 30th Anniversary of The Pilgrimage we are asking Pilgrims to collectively walk the distance of 30 pilgrimages, which is 2,220 miles.
We invite you to walk on your own or in small groups, in keeping with Government Guidelines, wherever and whenever you like during the month of August.

You can track your miles using Strava Club or by sending written logs through to us by email so together we can reach 2,220 miles.

How will I be supported in taking part?

You will get regular updates on where we are collectively in our Pilgrimage journey and where you’ve got to personally.
You will receive an invitation to celebrate the end of the Virtual Pilgrimage in August with us on Zoom, and if safe, an invitation to celebrate the Virtual Pilgrimage at our Centre later in the year.
You will receive a certificate at the end of the challenge celebrating your achievements.
If you reach your fundraising target of £200 you will receive a 2020 Pilgrimage t-shirt ( may be subject to delays)
You will get the opportunity to share your Pilgrimage experiences with others

Sounds great, how do I get involved?

Register here:

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 if you want to know more about our usual Pilgrimage which we hope to return to in 2021.

Located in the heart of Westminster, we work 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. Walking 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 under £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 £200 . We appreciate the support given from all of our walkers and fundraisers- so thank you!