The Trust was originally started in 1982 by members of the Order of Knights Templar of Jerusalem. Founded in 1119, the medieval Knights Templar protected pilgrims travelling to the Holy Land and other places of pilgrimage. Our founders wanted to continue helping modern pilgrims by providing practical Christian care in the form of financial support.
We recognise that each pilgrim has a unique story of an individual search for greater understanding: of God, of our world and of personal spirituality.
Each pilgrim seeks to make a unique journey and we work to help it happen.
A pilgrimage is a journey with religious or spiritual significance. There is a strong tradition of Christian pilgrimage, originally to sites important in the life of Jesus Christ and in the Gospel narratives, later including other sites associated with events, saints or miracles.
We have nine Trustees: Anthony Cuthbert, Cicelyn Hinds (Honorary Secretary), Jeremy Lee (Honorary Treasurer), John Culley (Chair of Trustees), Mavis Jacobs, Rosemary Nutt, The Revd. Canon Philip Norwood, Dr Sorin-Ionut Balaban and Steve Britt-Hazard.
The Trustees come from different Christian denominations, including members of the Church of England, the Romanian Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church. Between them, they have a wide range of experience from organising and leading pilgrimages, making pilgrimages, church ministry, pastoral work, teaching and commercial businesses.
The Trustees are collectively responsible for running the Trust. Their main aim is to make grants to as broad a range of pilgrims as possible.