I set off on the 25 August and finish on the 8 October 2017, six weeks.
I will walk the Santiago de Compestela Camino – (St James Way Camino) in Spain which is 878 Km/545 miles in distance. I will start at St Jean Pied de Port which is in France and cross over the Pyrenees into Spain on the first day, then continue on to Santiago de Compestela and to the west coast of Spain at Finisterre. This is a personal pilgrimage, but I have decided to raise funds for Zoe’s Place.
I got the bug for walking when I walked 90 miles on St James Way last year from Sarria to Santiago, on pilgrimage with Christ The King Parish and 30 fellow parishioners. I raised over £5000 on that occasion for bowel cancer which had taken my mother and other relatives, I got great support as it was something dear to a lot of people who were in similar circumstances. I am not sure if I can match that amount this time, but who knows with some publicity for my walk and fund raising for Zoe’s Place, I might get the support.
I am a 72 year old retired police officer, and I have been in training for some time, so I am confident I can do it, no doubt with some pain along the way.
I set out to do this walk on my own, but you are never on your own on St James Way as there are hundreds of pilgrims/walkers from all over the world on there every day. However, on the first week I will be joined by 8 parishioners from Christ The King and St Thomas Moore parishes, all members of Christ The King walking club. After that I will be on my own for the next three weeks. I will then be joined at Sarria by three friends,(Christ the King and St John Fisher parishioners) who will walk with me for one week to Santiago, this is where all the Camino walks end, at the Cathedral of St James. From there I am walking for another week to Finisterre on the coast, I will be joined by one of the men who walked with me from Sarria and three of the ladies who walked with me on the first week, they will fly back to Spain to join me on the last week.
On a personal basis I am looking forward to the walk and hopefully a good response to support my fund raising for Zoe’s Place, which is a home-from-home for babies who have life limiting or terminal illnesses and special complex needs, offering palliative and respite care for babies/infants from birth to five years old – and is the only Hospice in the UK equipped to treat and care for this age range.
I attach a poster I am using to publicise my walk and fund raising, it includes details of the walk, details of Zoe’s Place and my details with the exact address of my just giving page, at www.justgiving.com/peter-martin72