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Bishop Roger will walk in solidarity with mothers from Sierra Leone

2nd May 2019

Sierra Leone is the world’s most dangerous place to give birth, with 10 women dying in childbirth every day.

This Christian Aid Week Bishop Roger Morris is walking in solidarity with mothers like Jebbeh, who is featured in the publicity for this year’s Christian Aid Week campaign.

His journey from St Andrew’s Earls Colne to Colchester Hospital is roughly the same distance as that recently made by Jebbeh’s sister Fatama. Due to a shortage of ambulances and health workers, when Fatama went into labour she had to make a 9 mile journey in the searing heat to her nearest hospital.

Jebbeh told us “my sister was crying out with hunger. She died on the side of the road. She never gave birth.”

Now rather than being filled with joy, Jebbeh is overcome with fear at the prospect of giving birth. We believe that all mums should live, and this Christian Aid Week we are raising funds and awareness for people like Jebbeh.

You’ are invited to join Bishop Roger in this walk of solidarity, and raise awareness for Christian Aid Week. The walk will begin at St Andrews at 10am and conclude at Colchester hospital by 3pm.


Walk intinerary 

10.00am – meet at St Andrew’s Church in Earls Colne where refreshments will be provided, leave by 10.30am
1.15pm – arrive at St Mary’s West Bergholt where jacket potatoes will be provided for lunch, while Bishop Roger meets with local pre-school and school pupils

2.00pm – leave West Bergholt and head to Colchester hospital 

2.45pm - Bishop Roger will have a tour of the neonatal ward then finish the day with the whole group with a final blessing at the hospital at 3pm

Christian Aid week

Christian Aid week 2019 runs from 12 - 18 May and will be raising funds for maternal health in Sierra Leone. Find out more at

More information 

For more information contact Essex Regional Coordinator Ben Selfe on or 0207 523 2008.