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The Rev'd Gerry Lynch

The Rev'd Gerry Lynch is crowdfunding

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Weʼre raising £5,000 to support St John's Church in Devizes and the Diocese of Nampula's work with people displaced by the ISIS insurgency in Northern Mozambique

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The Rev’d Gerry Lynch, Curate of St John with St Mary, Devizes, will attempt a whopping 50 kilometre sponsored walk on 20 July to help cover the income his parish lost during lockdowns, as well as for colleagues in the frontline of caring for those fleeing an ISIS insurgency in Mozambique.

The Rev’d Gerry Lynch said:

“Like many organisations, St John with St Mary lost several income streams during the pandemic, with potential consequences for what we can offer to the people of the town if we can’t fill the hole.

“But others have things more difficult than we do. My friend Manuel is the bishop of a city named Nampula just outside the area of the ISIS insurgency in northern Mozambique. This city of 750,000, already home to a UN camp for 17,000 refugees from other countries, is now struggling to provide food, clean water, and shelter for half a million fellow Mozambicans who fled their homes in terror. Many, including children, have witnessed traumatic events and mental healthcare is also urgent.

“I thought I could raise some money both for our needs in Devizes and for friends in another part of the world dealing with a situation we can scarcely imagine.

“I have a BMI over 30 and a 25½ inch inside leg so my build is not what anyone would call athletic. Still, long countryside walks were basically what kept me sane during the lockdowns and my endurance has gone through the roof.

“When I first considered a sponsored walk, I thought I’d walk a marathon distance. Unfortunately I did a 43.4 km walk a few weeks ago and posted it on social media, and people worked out it was more than a marathon! So I’m going to have to go the extra five miles for a full 50k in one day –just over 31 miles for those who prefer old money.

“People can support me at justgiving or by making out a cheque to St John with St Mary Devizes, sending it to the parish office on Long Street, and marking it ‘50k in a Day’. Your generous gift will go straight to where it will make a difference.”

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  • The Rev'd Gerry Lynch11 days ago
    The Rev'd Gerry Lynch

    The Rev'd Gerry Lynch

    11 days ago

    I made it back home in one piece, despite the 29C heat! I walked 50.27 kilometres, or just over 31 miles 416 yards for those who prefer old money. #50kInADay achieved! Not an especially easy route either, including climbing Tan Hill, the joint highest point in Wiltshire. I left home at 0510, and got back at 2215. I was walking very slowly indeed at the end of it – my last kilometre took 19 minutes. Thanks to all who have supported me so far. I appreciate it tremendously, as do my friends in Mozambique.

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  • Patti Russell

    Patti Russell

    Jul 28, 2021

    Can’t believe you did this in all that heat! Good on you, esp Tan Hill !


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    Peter Matthews Probus

    Jul 27, 2021


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    Jul 26, 2021


  • Rupert Moreton

    Rupert Moreton

    Jul 25, 2021

    A little faster next time.


  • Anonymous


    Jul 25, 2021

    From George and Heather.


  • Elisabeth Gaunt

    Elisabeth Gaunt

    Jul 25, 2021

    Brilliant ! That was a super hot day ! hope you had a well deserved pint afterwards !

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