Walking the El Camino Pilgrimage Trail

With my ICPCN Chair hat on, this Sunday I’m looking forward to joining my 2 very good friends, Paul Turrell and Simon Fanning, in Villafranca del Bierzo in Northern Spain as they continue their 800km trek, walking the El Camino pilgrimage trail. They’re already well over 500km into their journey, having covered around 25km a day for the last 3 weeks since they set out on 26 April from Saint Jean Pied de Port in SW France, and I’ll be joining them for 4 days and around 100km. They’ll then be continuing on to Santiago de Compostela where they’re due to arrive on 30 May.

I’ve been privileged to support and join them for many of their previous marathon walks, the biggest of which by far was when they walked almost 900 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End in 2020. Then they did it all in reverse, south to north, in 2021!

This time round we’re all aiming to raise as much as possible for both ICPCN (International Children’s Palliative Care Network) and Jersey Hospice Care where I’m CEO. Both charities do a terrific job in their specialist areas and both rely hugely, in ICPCN’s case entirely, on voluntary income to do what they do so well. So any donation will be vital and will go a long way to help us do so much more.

Please read more about both charities and support us by making whatever donation you can afford at https://sportsgiving.co.uk/sponsor/activity/el-camino-de-santiago-walk-2023/paul-simon

Thank you and do read Simon’s daily blog at simonfanning.blog


Mike Palfreman | Chief Executive Jersey Hospice Care