The end of the Journey

Peter Martin, a local grandad living in Coventry aged 72  spent 6 weeks walking the total length of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain between August 25th and October 6th 2017.

On Monday 27th November Peter Martin presented a cheque for £6,461 to Zoë’s Baby Hospice in Coventry.  Speaking with Peter he said it had been a life changing event and he looked back with fond memories about the friends he made and the experience on the walk. “I completed my St James Way Walk. I walked 574 miles, 1,291,185 steps from St Jean Pied de Port to Santiago and on to Lands End Lighthouse in Finisterre, 25 August to 8 October 2017. I have raised £2,957.50 through Justgiving online and £3,503.50 offline, making a total of £6,461 for Zoë’s Baby Hospice which I presented to Zoë’s Baby Hospice today. The walk, the people I met from all over the world, and the places and sights I have seen have been an experience of my lifetime. The donations made by you wonderful people have far surpassed my expectations. God Bless you all. Thank you.”

Speaking with  Vicky Gutteridge, challenge events officer said: “It was lovely to see Peter safely home from his epic adventure. Not only did Peter achieve his pilgrimage but he raised a staggering £6,461 for our hospice which will make a huge difference.  Receiving less than 15% of our annual target from the government, we rely heavily on public support to raise the balance so we can continue to provide our services.  If it wasn’t for people like Peter, we simply would not be here.”

To read more about the walk please visit http://coventry-catholicdeanery.org.uk/new/25th-august-to/

About Zoë’s Place. Zoë’s Place is an independent registered Charity providing palliative, respite and end of life care to babies and infants aged from birth to 5 years suffering from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. Compassionate care is at the heart of their philosophy and is provided to all who access their facilities irrespective of their religious beliefs, colour, race, culture or gender. There is no cost to the families for this service.  To find out more about the care they provide or for details about how you can help to support Zoë’s Place please visit http://www.zoes-place.org.uk/

The photograph shows Vicky Gutteridge, Peter Martin, and  Tracey Armstrong (Deputy Head of Care).