Students walk in annual pilgrimage

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Students and staff at an Ilkeston school took part in a fundraising walk as part of the school’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

The group walked seven miles from Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy in Kirk Hallam to Beauvale Priory, in Moorgreen, Nottingham, in the annual diocesan pilgrimage.

More than £130 was raised and this will be shared between the academy’s charities, which are, Street Child Africa, the Teenage Cancer Trust and CAFOD.

Some of the money raised will go towards the academy pilgrimage to Lourdes later this year.

On the walk, the staff and students stopped at Lady of Good Counsel Church, in Eastwood, where they had lunch and a rest before completing the walk with staff and pupils from The Priory Catholic Voluntary Academy in Eastwood.

Rachel Rose, chaplain at Saint John Houghton CVA, congratulated everyone who took part.

She said: “Such a lot of background work went into making this Mass possible and the staff and students would like to thank all those involved in the wonderful celebration. I would like to thank the staff who gave their time and energy and the pupils who were outstanding and a credit to their parents and school.”

Student Olivia Bainbridge, 13, said they did not let the rain put them off.

She said: “When we started off it was raining and we got soaked. But the rain did stop and it was good fun. There was a really good atmosphere.”