Canon Roger Knight is walking through five parishes to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease to commemorate the anniversary of his wife’s death. He will be walking between his current parish and through the five parishes he has served in.
He feels strongly about Motor Neuron Disease (MND).
“There is no cure or treatment and in most cases people die within two years. Stephen Hawking, the most well-known person with the disease, is the exception.”
MND is a fatal rapidly progressing disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, attacking the nerves that control movement so muscles no longer work. It kills a third of people within a year.
It’s a devastating disease that affects up to 5,000 adults in the UK at any one time and kills six people every day.
The MND Association is the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on MND care, research and campaigning.
Roger said: “It will include some prayer walking, 28 miles over five days, coinciding with the day the Archbishops ‘Thy Kingdom Comes’ starts-Ascension Day 25 May.
At the end of the walk he will end up in Naseby to plant a tree.
“Ann asked for a tree to be planted in her memory in the diocese. Naseby was our first parish where I was the vicar. The Old Vicarage Tearoom will lay on afternoon tea for the event.”
Roger said he visited the tearoom just before Christmas.
“That was our old Georgian vicarage when we were at the church, in a beautiful setting and with a large garden.”
He went on: “Naseby has always been close to my heart. Our children grew up there. We were persuaded against our will to move after seven years. We really didn’t want to go.”
Ann was a member of the DAC and was advisor on burial places for cremated remains. In 1977 the cremated area was set up in Naseby churchyard during their time there.
The church is now extending that area. The tree will be planted close by.
Roger said there is a future plan as well: “My ashes are going to go there close to Ann’s tree.”
He would like present and former parishioners and all who knew Ann to join in the five-day walk – even if only for a short distance.
“Walking is a good thing – even if you only walk; but walking to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease is a very good thing.”
Denise Davies, Head of Community Fundraising at the MND Association said:
“Without the amazing support of people like Roger Knight, the MND Association simply would not be able to provide its vital support services, fund research to find a cure and campaign and raise awareness of MND. Together we are making a real difference for people affected by this devastating disease.
Roger has a just giving page at:
For more information and to join the walk:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 01536 628480
Map and schedule:
Roger is going to produce some maps with the actual route with timings which will be available here, but a tentative schedule is:
First Day 25 May
10.15 start at Higham Ferrers (Ascension Service in church at 9.30am)
Then at Irthlingborough in the Albert Underwood Room at 11.30am
Then to Finedon
Then arrive in Burton Latimer and have tea there approx. 3.30pm
We are not camping or staying we going home to bed each night.
About 5 miles.
Second Day 26 May
Burton Latimer Church 10am start then walk through the grounds of Weetabix on the side of the River Ise praying for industry there.
We can pray for things as we go along
Through Barton Seagrave and Warkton.
We then come to Weekley which was where Ann this time last year went into a nursing home which was the old vicarage.
About 6 miles
Third day 27 May
Start at 10 am in Weekley to Geddington, walking though fields and taking a footpath to Great Oakley. Although there is a wedding at St Michael’s there, after that there will be afternoon tea for the walkers at 3.15 pm.
Then on to walk the ‘monk’s way’to Pipewell. There was a Cistercian abbey at Pipewell, Great Oakley church has some ancient seats in the choir that came from the Abbey.
Fourth day 28 May (Sunday)
Start off with Communion in Pipewell church at 9.30 am, then around the Desborough Airfield to Stoke Albany. Desborough Airfield is significant because Ann went up in a hot air balloon there on her 70th birthday. Then on the Jurassic way to Braybrooke. Tea at 3 pm, then on to Great Oxendon.
Fifth Day 29 May (Bank Holiday Monday)
Start at Great Oxendon 9.30 am and then to Clipston, where Roger and Ann moved from Naseby. People will be laying on coffee in the Orbell Room at church (named after a previous Vicar’s wife) at 11 am.
Then across the A14 to Haselbech (a tiny parish) then on to Naseby. Arrive at Naseby for the tree planting and cup of tea at around 3 pm.