A group of 80 from the Diocese of East Anglia will set off for World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland on July 20, joining Pope Francis and an estimated two million people, and everyone can keep up to date with their progress through a team of youth communications officers and a regular e-news update bulletin.

“There have been 18 months of preparation, both practical and spiritual and now we’re almost there,” said Hamish MacQueen, Director of the Diocesan Youth Service.

“They are a fantastic group – many have worked really hard doing different fundraising initiatives so they could go to World Youth Day. I would like to thank all the people and parishes who have so generously supported our young people which has made it possible,” said Hamish.

The youth communications team includes:

Sarah Mawe, 26, a teaching assistant at Cawston VC Primary School and an altar server at St John of the Cross in Aylsham. Sarah is on the Diocesan Youth Council and a veteran of WYD in Rio and Madrid.

Clare Storey, 26, from Sacred Heart parish in Ramsey, Cambs is a former youth missionary in East Anglia with the Ignite team and now works in local government administration. Clare continues to volunteer with Diocesan youth events.

Daniel Anderson, from March in Cambs is a cargo agent at Heathrow Airport and also a WYD veteran.

They will be reporting back daily via social media, so follow them on TwitterFacebook and on the World Youth Day section on the Diocesan website:

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There will also be a regular e-newsletter which you can sign up to via the website or email your name and email address to comms@east-angliadiocese.org.uk