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Rev Lucy Holt (Rector of St James’ Poole, Rural Dean & Routes to Roots Trustee) is inviting friends and supporters of Routes to Roots to join her this Advent in raising awareness and money for their Christmas appeal. She will be running 55km (in Poole not actually in the Middle East) over Advent (11 x 5km) to mark the journey of Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Lucy says “I run very slowly so will run mostly on my own” but there will be a chance for others who’d like to join in this venture to make the last run together on 22nd December. If you’d be interested in running, walking or cycling any of the 55km over Advent please do get in touch with Lucy:

lucy.stjamespoole@hotmail.co.uk

 

 
 
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For the third year running Poole Bay Rotary will be running a GRAND RAFFLE in support of Routes to Roots.  There are over 15 prizes, each worth at least £20.  Tickets (£2) each  will be available for sale to the public on Sunday 2 December in Falkland Square, Poole at the end of the Santa Parade and during the rest of the day till about 4pm. Tickets are also available from the Routes to Routes office.

 
 
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Like a Bridge Over Troubled Water*
Our patron, The Right Reverend Karen Gorham, successfully completed this 24k walk across 16 iconic London bridges in September, raising £1260 for Routes to Roots. “As Bishop of Sherborne in Dorset with an area of oversight which covers Poole I am proud to be Patron of Routes to Roots – a fantastic homeless charity making a real difference to the lives of those who find themselves homeless.
“Over the course of the day we walked into London ending at Southwark Bridge. Each bridge crossing reminded us of the bridges which need to be crossed to bring dignity and hope to the homeless.”

* Simon & Garfunkel
…When you’re down and out
When you’re on the street
When evening falls so hard
I will comfort you (ooo)
I’ll take your part, oh, when darkness comes
And pain is all around
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down…