THE Simon Community Centre is organising a three-day pilgrimage starting today (Friday) outside King
Hill Hostel. West Mailing. Kent, to the Tharnes Embankment. London. "It will be an act of personal concern in the needs and sufferings of all those who are homeless this Christmas." a spokesman said this week.
Another aim of the "Pilgrimage of Concern" is to unite men and women of goodwill in ecumenical prayer for care. The pilgrimage will make two overnight stops en route — at Earningham and Lewisham.
On the final day—Sundaythe pilgrimage will walk into London in silence, passing Waterloo and Charing Cross stations before dispersing to the Embankment. Those who wish to can break off to attend Church services.
Carols, hymns and community singing will be encouraged in rural areas, but silence will be maintained in towns and shopping centres.
Church organisations. clubs, and student bodies will take part in the pilgrimage. at which banners and emblems will be carried.
Mrs. Anne Kerr, Labour M.P. for Rochester and Chat-, ham. said this weck she would ask the Minister of Health to see what legislatiorr could be introduced to help homeless wives and children at Kings West Malting, She said the living conditions were very bad '.and they should be found alternative accommodation.