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Friday 15 April

Forgiveness Walk

An IT programme manager is lacing up his walking boots ahead of a mammoth 300-mile trek along England's waterways.

Starting on 25th April, Michael Sheridan is walking from his current home near the River Wey in Guildford to a new home in Marple, Cheshire, close to the Peak Forest Canal. Following the Thames Path to London, he plans to continue his journey northwards along canal towpaths – a journey he expects to take around a month

On the way he'll be raising money and generating publicity for the Forgiveness Project, a charity that collects and shares real-life stories of forgiveness from around the world. The organisation helps people to reconcile themselves with emotional trauma and pain, and move on in their lives.

More information and contact details are available at www.forgivenesswalk.com.

Andrew Denny  | 4.41pm | add a comment


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