Escape to Egypt completed
The Bishop of Bangor welcomes the walkers as they cross the Dyfi River by boat
With just ten days to go before Christmas, Christian Aid Wales staff and supporters successfully completed their 140 mile journey across Wales to help Light The Way for the millions of people fleeing conflict and violence.
The walkers reached their destination, the hamlet of Yr Aifft (Egypt) in Denbighshire, on the afternoon ofThursday, 15 December and were welcomed later that evening by the Right Revd Gregory Cameron, Bishop of St Asaph, for a special service at St Asaph Cathedral to mark the journey’s completion.
The 12 day #EscapeToEgypt walk was organised to mimic the Biblical Christmas story of Jesus’ family’s journey from Bethlehem to Egypt, travelling from Bethlehem in Carmarthenshire to the hamlet of Yr Aifft (Egypt) in Denbighshire, holding events in towns and villages along the way. The walk saw hundreds of supporters donning their walking boots to join the core group of five – Huw Thomas (Cardiff), Anna Jane Evans (Caernarfon), Peredur Owen Griffiths (Caerphilly), Nan Powell-Davies (Mold) and Aled Edwards (Pontypridd).
The five who walked the whole journey
Huw Thomas, Head of Christian Aid Wales, said: “We planned this journey to walk in solidarity with those who are suffering and to raise support for Christian Aid’s work that offers a brighter future for many lives worldwide. Along the way we have shared stories with communities, churches and schools that offer a glimpse into the desperate situations faced by so many and had the privilege to share about the transformational work Christian Aid does to bring light and hope.”
The walkers visited many schools to share and collect Christmas cards by pupils with messages for the Prime Minister. The Christmas cards call on Teresa May to ensure the words she uses reflect the proud tradition in the UK of welcome to those in need and ask that her policies offer hope to those looking for a safe place to call home.
Arriving in Aifft (Egypt)