Paul Murray will be walking the final stage of the Via de la Plata pilgrim route from Salamanca to Santiago de Compostela in Spain to raise funds for Maggie’s Cheltenham, the charity which provides practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer.
Paul said: “During April I hope to complete the Vía de la Plata pilgrim route on foot which I began in October 2012 at Seville in the south of Spain.
I plan to complete this last 1000km stage of the pilgrimage from Salamanca to reach Santiago de Compostela on Easter Sunday.”
The Vía de la Plata attracts about 8,000 pilgrims a year and is the longest and most isolated of the seven Caminos in Spain, the most famous and popular of which is the “Camino Francés (French Path).
This route features in the acclaimed Martin Sheen film “The Way”.
Paul’s successor as Head of Modern Languages at St. Peter’s, Jo Beamish, is currently having a year off from school and is being treated for breast cancer.
Paul continued: “I decided to walk for Maggie’s as the staff there in a beautiful building near to next door to the Oncology Unit of Cheltenham General Hospital are giving Jo tremendous practical, physical and emotional support in her battle with the disease.
“I would be immensely grateful if people would consider giving some financial support, however little, to Maggie’s so they can continue the incredible work they do. Muchas gracias anticipadas”
Paul will also be walking in memory of two of his friends who have died of cancer in the course of the last twelve months.
Larry Montagu, head teacher at St. Peter’s Catholic High School in Gloucester and Lynn Helliker, a colleague of his Paul’s first 3 years of teaching at Stratford-on-Avon High School.
If you would like to support Paul in raising money for Maggie’s or find our more about Paul’s story go to www.justgiving.com/Paul-Murray18
To find out more about Maggie’s we hold a Maggie’s Welcome Experience on the last Wednesday of every month at 5.30pm for one hour at the centre on College Baths Road, Cheltenham GL53 7QB. Come along, have a cup of tea and experience your Maggie’s Centre. See for yourself how we can make a difference for people with cancer in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire.