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Financial support to walk

Generous financial help is available to anyone who needs it to walk Pilgrim Cross through the Student Cross Association (SCA), our own registered charity. You don't need to be a student to get help. The SCA can subsidise the cost of the pilgrimage and any equipment you might need to walk, such as a sleeping bag or sturdy shoes.

Grants from the Student Cross Association

The SCA is a registered charity - charity number 1019313 - which exists to raise and disburse funds to pilgrims in need of financial support to enable them to walk Pilgrim Cross.

The SCA provides two types of grants annually for Pilgrim Cross pilgrims in need of financial help:

Fixed grants - These are given annually to help unwaged or low waged pilgrims. The amount is based on the funds available and subsidises the cost of the walk for unwaged/low waged pilgrims. The SCA also gives grants to families who need financial help to take part in a family leg. All grants are made on behalf of qualifying pilgrims directly to their leg, allowing the leg to charge lower fees for unwaged and low-waged pilgrims.

 For adult legs in 2023, the SCA grants are 95 for unwaged pilgrims, 60 for low waged pilgrims.

For family legs in 2023, the SCA grants for Category 2 families are 60 for adults, 45 for children, and for Category 3 families are 100 for adults, 65 for children.*

Direct bursaries - Individual pilgrims can apply for this extra bursary. It can help with things like travel costs to and from Pilgrim Cross pilgrimages, meeting the cost of equipment such as sleeping bags or waterproofs or, in special cases, meeting the total cost of the walk for students or unwaged pilgrims. If accepted, the bursary will be made on the individual pilgrim's behalf to their leg.

* As a family booking on a family leg of Pilgrim Cross, you are asked to self-declare in one of the following 3 categories:
Category 1: If you can afford to come without becoming stressed or worried about the financial aspect then you would probably fit into category 1
Category 2: If coming on a family leg would put your family under undue financial strain, and might prevent you from coming, then you would probably fit into this category
Category 3: If you simply cannot afford to come without significant help then you are likely to fit into this category.

Fundraising and regular giving

Want to help pilgrims to take part in Pilgrim Cross?

Want to make regular donations to the SCA?

Got some ideas for fundraising?

The SCA encourages both one-off donations as well as regular giving in order to help support students to take part in Pilgrim Cross. The main methods of fundraising currently are:
  • through individual donations
  • producing and selling Pilgrim Cross merchandise.
The SCA currently disburses more than 6,000 every year in grants.

Individual donations are the most important part of the SCA's annual income - they allow the SCA to plan ahead and be able to distribute a guaranteed number of grants every year. Regular donations are welcomed in the form of monthly or annual standing orders.

If you would like to make a regular donation, please ask for a Regular Giving and Gift Aid form by emailing the SCA via association[at]studentcross.org.uk. Please include your name, email addresses and phone number. Say whether you would prefer to receive a downloadable (pdf) form sent by email or a paper form sent by post.

Gift Aid - if you are a UK taxpayer, you can help us to increase the value of your donation, at no extra cost to yourself, by completing the Gift Aid Declaration on the donation form. This will enable us to increase your donation by 25p for every 1 you give.

If you have other ideas for fundraising, please email the SCA via association[at]studentcross.org.uk.

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Pilgrim Cross is supported by the Student Cross Association Registered Charity: 1019313