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Fundraiser Tales: Linda’s epic 310km cycle and trek challenge!

In this Fundraiser Tale, Linda tells us all about the unbelievable challenge she is taking on – a 210km bike ride and 100km trek along the Camino de Santiago, otherwise known as The Way of St James. She describes how her training is going, and what this challenge means to her. 

Every year I like to dare myself to do something different and raise money for the charities closest to my heart. In the past I have done an aqualthon, stand-up comedy and a fashion show. But this year I wanted to take on something more meaningful. So when the opportunity arose to trek and cycle part of El Camino – sometimes called The Way of St James de Compostela – I signed up.

I will be cycling 210k and trekking 100k to raise money for The Victoria Foundation and Challengers – two of the charities which are closest to my heart. TVF provides grants and bursaries for aspiring young medics who would otherwise not be able to afford to train. It also funds treatment and equipment not readily available on the NHS. Challengers literally provides a lifeline for the family of children with severe disabilities by giving them play breaks that provide much needed respite for their families.

But there is another reason why this particular challenge means so much to me.

Santiago de Compostela was the last overseas trip my father made before he succumbed to Dementia and I will be travelling with a small phial of his ashes in my back pack. I was inspired by the film, The Way, starring Martin Sheen which has a similar narrative. I am both fortunate and privileged that I can do this, not just for my father, who was a dedicated and intrepid rambler, but also to raise money for two very relevant and hard-working charities which do so much to support family life and invest in generations of medics that will help improve all our lives.

Right now I am out on my bike three times and week and hiking around Richmond Park as often as I can. My team mates from TVF keep me focused and in good humour – but it is hard work and by far the biggest challenge I have undertaken so far….even walking down the runway in a leopard print swimsuit or eight minutes of stand-up comedy did not fill me with this much trepidation…..but it will be worth it on many different levels.

If you would like to sponsor Linda for her epic challenge, you can donate on her Just Giving page.

Best of luck Linda!