Bob Board, an avid Cudeca supporter, walked from St. Jean pied de Port in France to Santiago de Compostela and managed to raise a fantastic 1.810€ for Cudeca Cancer Care Hospice.
Bob commenced his trek on Thursday 15th September and walked a total distance of 788 kms over 26 days through some stunning scenery through France and Spain. Apart from a personal challenge, his objective was to raise as many funds as possible enabling Cudeca to continue offering the Special Kind of Caring to patients suffering from advanced cancer and support to their families.
Cudeca is sincerely grateful and proud of Bob for his achievements. On a visit to the Hospice recently, he presented the funds to Joan Hunt, President and Founder of the Hospice and enlighted her with his experiences.
Bob quotes “the walk was the most amazing experience – a real adventure through parts of Spain that haven’t really changed since the Middle Ages. There were days on end at the beginning where other than the odd tractor there was nothing remotely modern anywhere. To see the Pimientos de Piquillo still being hand charred by the old women in the villages then preparing them for the jars, or the Monks in Rabanos sitting in a 14c Chapel singing Gregorian chants to each other was indeed a unique experience. Then arriving at Santiago and wandering through the Mercadillo that hasn’t changed for centuries, buying a three day old cheese that was made in the kitchen of a local artisan and tasting like nothing else made it all worthwhile, and finally after the pilgrims mass the Botafumeiro was swung that morning across the transept with clouds of Incense smoke filling the air.”