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    Weʼve raised £20,975 to support St Maria Skobstova House of Hospitality for Refugees in Calais.

    Funded on Wednesday, 15th September 2021

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    I’m walking from Iona (Scotland) to Lindisfarne (Holy Island, England) to highlight the work of St Maria Skobstova House of Hospitality in Calais.

    I‘m looking upon it as a pilgrimage in solidarity with those who have to abandon their homes in order to find peace, and yet are often subjected to inhumane treatment in Europe. The pilgrimage starts on Sunday 26th June and is due to finish on Friday 16th July.

    St Maria Skobstova House offers accomodation to refugees many of whom have travelled thousands of miles in the hope of finding sanctuary. The House caters primarily for women and children but also reaches out to the Eritrean refugee community who live in temporary camps that are often vandalised and destroyed by the authorities.

    A friend who regularly volunteers at the House describes with amazement the hospitality that he receives from the refugees (in the form of tea/coffee and whatever food they have) in their makeshift camps as opposed to the reception they receive from the Authorities. His statement that Europe is ’experiencing a crisis of hospitality’ struck me profoundly, and the fact that these vulnerable people have something to teach us, or remind us, about hospitality rings true. Some of these people arrive having suffered severe trauma and due to the policies implemented by the authorities are deprived of the necessities of life: shelter, food, clothing, health care etc. After a recent visit Bishop Olivier wrote in an open letter: Migrants in Calais are being treated by the authorities “worse than dogs.”

    Please help provide these people with the necessities of life through the hospitality of St Maria Skobstova House by donating through this page. Thanks, Jim

    For more information on St Maria Skobstova House of Hospitality please check out this website...



    • James  Walls9 months ago
      James  Walls

      James Walls

      9 months ago

      Dear Friends and Supporters of St Marie Skobstova House Calais. A last heartfelt thanks for your generosity in sponsoring the Pilgrim Walk and through that the many people who find hospitality in MSH Calais. The total raised has exceeded expectations and will be put to good use caring for some of the most vulnerable people in Europe. Please continue to hold these people in your prayer. It has been a huge blessing to walk in the footsteps of St Aidan, and to meet so many kind people on the way. May God bless you, Jim

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    • James  Walls10 months ago
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      James Walls

      10 months ago

      Our pilgrimage finished yesterday with Mass in St Aidan’s Church on Lindisfarne. We have been pilgrims walking together in solidarity with migrants and sharing our prayers and resources with them. Please continue to highlight the plight of migrants and share the JustGiving page with your friends. It will close on 8th August, and the funds will be transferred to MSH. Thanks again for all your prayers and support, and of course, thanks to God for all the blessings we receive. Fr Jim

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    • James  Walls11 months ago
      James  Walls

      James Walls

      11 months ago

      Thanks to everyone who has sponsored the pilgrimage from Iona to Lindisfarne. I’m now over half way and thanks to you, and God, the £10K total has been reached. As every penny donated is going to St Marie Skobstova House I will leave the JustGiving page open and please continue to make people aware of the plight of migrants on our border, and encourage them to support MSH by their prayers and donations. May God bless you and all migrants. Jim

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    Page last updated on: 8/22/2021 17.53



    • Charlotte Hayward

      Charlotte Hayward

      Aug 22, 2021


    • Ann and Chris Packard

      Ann and Chris Packard

      Aug 22, 2021


    • Ronnie & Aileen Deas

      Ronnie & Aileen Deas

      Aug 20, 2021

      An amazing achievement Jim for a great cause!Sorry its late.

    • Anonymous


      Aug 14, 2021


    • Clare & Richard McCready

      Clare & Richard McCready

      Aug 13, 2021

      Well done! So important to welcome the stranger.


    • Anonymous


      Aug 11, 2021


    • Sandra Scott

      Sandra Scott

      Aug 10, 2021

      Well done, Fr Jim.


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