Last May 2015 I embarked on a new, exciting and challenging journey by walking 500 miles on the Camino de Santiago from the Pyrenees in France across the North of Spain to Santiago de Compostela, in aid of the Big C independent Cancer Charity and also the Musker McIntyre Community Fund. It took me 33 days of walking non-stop to achieve my goal which was really hard going at times and I really had to ‘dig-deep’ at some points! I raised approximately £3500 in total which was a great sum.
My mother died of cancer in 2013, having already lost my father about 20 years ago to heart disease. It was a terrible blow and I saw first hand what this awful disease can do to a loved one. Whilst clearing my parents house I came across a number of books on Santiago de Compostela and ‘the Pilgrimage Walk’ called the Camino de Santiago together with a collection of newspaper cuttings and a small silver box with a scallop shell (the symbol of the Pilgrimage), which she had given me as a present after a visit to the Cathedral at Santiago about 15 years ago. I am convinced that it was something which my mother would have loved to have done herself……so I walked in her memory.
I am so grateful to everyone who was so generous in supporting me to achieve my challenge and to raise funds for the Big C.
I am very excited to announce that I will be walking another Camino this April/May starting on 19th April from Lisbon up to Santiago de Compostela which is called the Camino Portuguese – it is approximately 350 miles long and follows a lesser known route along the coast of Portugal and Spain to the Cathedral City. This ties in well with the 35th anniversary of the Big C whom I will be raising funds for again this year as it is such an important charity for this part of Norfolk and The Waveney Valley. I am very excited about this new journey that I am going to make and where it will lead me. I am extremely grateful to have the opportunity to walk a 2nd Camino and hope that you will all be generous and donate to the Big C either via my JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/JoannaMcIntyre350 or direct to one of our Musker McIntyre offices throughout Norfolk and Suffolk. I will be keeping in touch via a Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Walk500 and will keep everyone updated on my progress. As they say in Spain….Buen Camino!
Take a look at my interview on Mustard TV which starts at 8 minutes and 35 seconds:
The Big C have made a 35th anniversary video as well:
Here are some more photos of my last journey:
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