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Sudbury clergyman to pay homage to 16th century pilgrims with 20-mile fundraising walk for Kernos Centre





A Sudbury clergyman, who is embarking on a pilgrimage in aid of a mental health charity, will complete the fundraising challenge wearing a replica badge, which was worn during the 16th century.

The Rev Tom Mumford will set off from St Gregory’s Church on a 20-mile walk to St Edmundsbury Cathedral and its abbey ruins on Saturday.

Mr Mumford will be wearing a replica of a St Edmund Pilgrims badge, which pilgrims were presented with upon completion of the religious journey during the 16th century.

Tom Mumford has been appointed a reverend at St Gregory's Church in Sudbury. PICTURE: Mecha Morton. (40842370)
Tom Mumford has been appointed a reverend at St Gregory's Church in Sudbury. PICTURE: Mecha Morton. (40842370)

The replica badge was created by Dr Steve Jones, metallurgist and secretary of the Friends of Moyse’s Hall Museum in Bury St Edmunds.

Highlighting the significance of the emblem, Mr Mumford said: “I believe I will become the first person to wear the St Edmund Pilgrim badge on a pilgrimage since the days of Henry VIII, which is pretty cool.”

One of the eight remaining badges is showcased at Moyse’s Hall Museum in Bury St Edmunds.

The emblem depicts two archers shooting a figure in front of a tree.

All donations from the fundraising challenge will go to the Kernos Centre in Sudbury, which provides weekly counselling sessions at its base in Friars Street.

Mr Mumford was inspired to support the charity after recognising the impact of the coronavirus crisis on people’s mental health during the lockdown.

To make a donation, go online to https://uk.gofundme.com and search for Tom Mumford.