Thank you to the modern day Pilgrim Fathers, a small group of men who have walked from the Royal Courts of Justice to Canterbury Cathedral to raise awareness of the plight of children alienated from a parent. In the poignant words of one of the pilgrims, walking up to 20 miles a day wasn’t easy, but it was worth it for this cause:
“On Wednesday, I was walking on my own. I’d been going for so long, my legs felt numb, but that was fine, because it reminded me of how I had felt during the court process myself.
“I really felt like my children were walking with me, then.”
The pilgrims handed in a petition to the Dean of Canterbury Cathedral (pictured with two of the pilgrims), the Dean has promised to hand the petition to the Archbishop of Canterbury.
In this world where women are dancing, singing, twittering, facebooking, flash mobbing and otherwise generally make a big song and dance about the issues that affect them, these men walked quietly, for twenty miles each day, to raise awareness of the issues which affect them and their children. From where I was looking, this didn’t raise much interest anywhere at all. In a world where all of what being a man is, from fatherhood to football, controlled by women and their issues, this quiet, dedicated walk by men who have suffered forced separation from children they love, exemplifies the deep care and devotion that men as fathers bring to the world.
Thank you all Pilgrim Fathers, for what you do for children everywhere.