Surrey vicar in charity walk to Holy Island

The Reverend Bruce Nicole The Reverend Bruce Nicole plans to stay with local vicars during his 360-mile (580km) trip to Holy Island

A vicar is attempting to walk from Surrey to Holy Island on the Northumberland coast to raise funds for the modernisation of his church.

The Reverend Bruce Nicole set off on his 360-mile (580km) trip from St Michael's Church, Camberley, to Lindisfarne on Sunday.

He hopes to raise thousands of pounds towards the £2.6m modernisation of the Victorian church building.

The charity walk is expected to take about a month.

Mr Nicole said he had arranged to stay with vicars at churches along the route.

'Every confidence'

"I've used Google maps and done searches, found the nearest church to where I want to be and rung up unsuspecting vicars and said 'You don't know me and it's a bit cheeky but I'm doing this walk, would you put me up?'

"So I've done very well. I've got 13 stops to do and at the moment I've confirmed all but five of them."

He also plans to keep his parishioners updated on his progress via a blog.

Education Secretary Michael Gove MP is patron of the multimillion-pound scheme to carry out structural repair work, make the building accessible to the disabled and elderly and create a new community space at St Michael's.

He said: "Camberley is at the heart of my constituency and at the heart of Camberley is St Michael's Church.

"I'm proud that St Michael's has taken this decision - it shows the type of leadership, vision and responsibility that gets things done - and I have every confidence they will achieve their goal.

"I've come to know this friendly and welcoming church well over the years and support their fund-raising efforts whole-heartedly."

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