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Nurse sought to provide healthcare to pilgrims

A homeless charity is seeking a volunteer nurse to oversee its healthcare needs during a pilgrimage to Canterbury this spring.

Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields provides services to help people to cope with the physical crisis of being homeless, and address the underlying issues which may have caused or resulted from it.

Every year, it organises a sponsored four-day pilgrimage to Canterbury over the late May bank holiday weekend to help raise funds. This year the event will take place from 24-27 May.   

About 100 people – including some homeless clients of the charity – usually walk the 74-mile route from the steps of St Martin-in-the-Fields Church in Trafalgar Square to Canterbury Cathedral.

The pilgrimage ends at the grave of the Reverend Dick Sheppard who is recognised as founding the modern tradition of social care at St Martin-in-the-Fields during World War I. 

A spokeswoman said: “This year, we hope to recruit a volunteer nurse to over-see healthcare. 

“Transport will be provided and there may be an opportunity to do some walking. We also have a strong team of podiatrists travelling with us who are organised separately.”

  • Nurses potentially interested in helping with the event should contact pilgrimage administrator Lesley Cannon on 0207 766 5522 or via

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