Support us

The very existence of the Shrine depends on the dedication, support and donations of the thousands of pilgrims who come to Walsingham every year. Both in medieval times and in the past 95 years since the restoration, it is the devotion and determination of those people whose spiritual lives have been enriched through contact with Our Lady that has enabled the Shrine to continue and expand its ministry. As pilgrimage grew in the 1920’s Fr Patten, the restorer of the Shrine, was able to call on the support – financial and practical assistance - from both friends and strangers.

Support us

The very existence of the Shrine depends on the dedication, support and donations of the thousands of pilgrims who come to Walsingham every year. Both in medieval times and in the past 95 years since the restoration, it is the devotion and determination of those people whose spiritual lives have been enriched through contact with Our Lady that has enabled the Shrine to continue and expand its ministry. As pilgrimage grew in the 1920’s Fr Patten, the restorer of the Shrine, was able to call on the support – financial and practical assistance - from both friends and strangers.

Support us

The very existence of the Shrine depends on the dedication, support and donations of the thousands of pilgrims who come to Walsingham every year. Both in medieval times and in the past 95 years since the restoration, it is the devotion and determination of those people whose spiritual lives have been enriched through contact with Our Lady that has enabled the Shrine to continue and expand its ministry. As pilgrimage grew in the 1920’s Fr Patten, the restorer of the Shrine, was able to call on the support – financial and practical assistance - from both friends and strangers.

Support us

The very existence of the Shrine depends on the dedication, support and donations of the thousands of pilgrims who come to Walsingham every year. Both in medieval times and in the past 95 years since the restoration, it is the devotion and determination of those people whose spiritual lives have been enriched through contact with Our Lady that has enabled the Shrine to continue and expand its ministry. As pilgrimage grew in the 1920’s Fr Patten, the restorer of the Shrine, was able to call on the support – financial and practical assistance - from both friends and strangers.

Donate

As a charity, the Shrine depends on this giving in order to subsidise the costs for pilgrims staying at Walsingham and none of the large building and refurbishment undertakings of the past few years would be possible without the sacrificial giving from those with a deep love of Our Lady of Walsingham. Well over 5,000 pilgrims and friends made donations to our 2006 Appeal and without that level of generosity we would have struggled to pay the builders!

The Shrine Shop

The Shrine Shop is an integral part of the shrine, focusing on the needs of pilgrims.

Gifts & Legacies

That tradition continues today. Many pilgrims make donations, large and small; good friends offer financial support through significant gifts perhaps in celebration of an event in their life for which thanks are called for or in memory of a relative or friend. Others remember the Shrine in their wills. All these donations are used by the Shrine to enable as many pilgrims to come to Walsingham as possible – by subsidising the cost of accommodation.

Volunteers

Others offer their time. During the summer we offer board and lodging to those who volunteer to work in a variety of capacities. Our team of Welcome Centre Stewards live across north Norfolk and provide an invaluable service for pilgrims and visitors alike.

Appeal

Every so often along comes a major project that is beyond the Shrine’s day to day finances. The building of the new Refectory & Cafe-Bar in 1999, the Milner Wing/Welcome Centre in 2006, the restoration of St Augustine’s (2011) and the College (2015) all required an appeal to our pilgrims to help fund the improvements. In 2006 the Milner Wing appeal raised over £2 million and enabled us to complete the building to the highest specification for the disabled and to offer en suite facilities to all residents. Sometimes we launch a mini-appeal to fund projects such as vestment restoration or refurbishing the Stations of the Cross.

Online Shop

The Shrine Shop offers a wide selection of statues, rosaries, crucifixes and icons. More generally the shop sells cards for a variety of occasions and books covering a wide range of Christian subjects.