The number of applications for grants is increasing. The pilgrims applying for grants are finding it more and more difficult to pay for their pilgrimages. Some are able to raise funds themselves, for example by sponsored activities, but some are not.
A group leader recently wrote telling us that ‘The cost now is such that the pilgrimage is becoming cost prohibitive for many students’.
People who stand to gain greatly from pilgrimage – disabled people, nurses, students – are among those finding it hardest to raise funds.
You can support our work and help people make extraordinary journeys of pilgrimage in three ways:
A good part of our income is donations from members of the Grand Priory of Knights Templar in the United Kingdom, the Trust having been founded by members of the Order in 1982.
The Travel company McCabe Pilgrimages has supported the Trust for many years.
We are fortunate to have had support from these donors but the interest in pilgrimages is increasing and, with it, the number of applications. In the first three months of 2020, we received more applications that in the whole of 2019.
We need more donors to meet this growing need.
We make grants to individuals or groups living in the UK, particularly disabled and young people, wishing to make pilgrimages to recognised Christian shrines in the UK or overseas.
The Trust has no paid staff and no office. Trustees are not paid and do not claim expenses. Donors cover meeting costs. Apart from insurance premium and website costs (which together are less than £400 a year) all donations are used to give grants to pilgrims.
Thank you for your generosity.
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