Bishop’s last walk for city vulnerable

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STAFF, volunteers and users of a Sheffield centre for the vulnerable and socially excluded will come together for a farewell fundraiser which has been running for the past 12 years.

The Bishop’s Walk for the St Wilfrid’s Centre in Queens Road takes place this year on Friday, September 16.

It will be last time Bishop of Hallam John Rawsthorne takes on the challenge through the Peak District whilst serving in the role.

Over the years the event has raised almost £130,000, with the Bishop and his friends covering nearly 200 miles.

The route for 2011 will be slightly different to normal since it will take in a series of tunnels along the Monsal Trail and former railway line which had until recently been blocked off to walkers.

Kevin Bradley, director of the centre, said: “Bishop John has become a good friend to our clients and I would like him to continue walking for us for many years after his retirement.

“He is known lovingly as the ‘mountain goat’ because of his speed, fitness and agility.

“It would be great if the parishioners throughout the Diocese would continue their support of Bishop John and help St Wilfrid’s continue its service to the less fortunate.”