The Deputy Speaker of Britain’s House of Lords, Lord Michael Bates, is walking through County Meath today and is expected in Navan this evening.
His visit to Meath this week is part of an epic 500 mile walk from Downing Street to Enniskillen.
The 52 year old Conservative peer aimed to raise over £25,000 for Save the Children to help provide life-saving support to Syria’s child refugees, but he has raised the target to £50,000 as Syria is now facing an even more serious situation.
He arrived in Dublin by ferry yesterday and walked to Ashbourne where he stayed overnight. Today, he is making his way to Navan and is looking forward to his visit to Kells tomorrow, as he is familiar with the town’s monastic history, coming from the north of England, the home of the Lindisfarne Gospels.
He is delighted with the reception he received in Meath although he would have liked if there had been more footpaths.
He explains that Syria’s neighbouring countries are now trying to cope with 900,000 children who have been forced to flee their homes and the ongoing fighting. Many have experienced horrific violence and the death of loved ones. Save the Children is working to help provide these children with vital humanitarian aid, as well as safe places where they can play, learn and begin to recover.
“The G8 Summit made significant progress on Syria, pledging funds to assist in humanitarian relief, but much more help is needed. I hope that by completing this long journey, I can raise more as the need is so great and the time is so short.”
To make a donation, visit his Just Giving page at http://www.justgiving.com/LordBates.
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