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Camino de Santiago walkers needed to support Southern Area Hospice

The Hospice Camino Group which completed the Portuguese route in May this year

Southern Area Hospice Services are looking for participants to join them on their next Camino de Santiago walk.

Participants will take on the challenge of walking the 117 km Portuguese route over six days, through large forests, traditional farmlands, small villages and historic towns, while raising vital funds for the hospice.

The first walk takes place from May 1-8 next year and the second walk will be held from July 5-12.

Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Fundraising officer Sarah O’Hare encouraged people to register. She said: “This leg of Camino is an excellent opportunity for people to experience something different and support their local hospice while doing so.

“People make friends for life on these trips, and we have a lot of returning participants who love taking part. Each participant will be fully supported with their fundraising, and we also organise regular participant meetings to help everyone get to know each other and to prepare for the trip beforehand.

“I would encourage anyone who is interested to contact myself today for an information pack.”

Una McGivern, who completed the Portuguese route for the Hospice in May, said: “If you are thinking about taking part in this challenge then just go for it. It is rewarding, and an experience that you will never forget.

“The fundraising is so needed, and the hospice support was amazing. So, I encourage you to give it a go next year.”

 All the money raised through the Camino will help Southern Area Hospice Services continue to provide specialist palliative care and support to local people and their families who live primarily within the Southern Trust area.

With a fundraising target of over £3.2million, Southern Area Hospice Services rely heavily on the local community to help them reach their target.

Anyone interested in taking part should contact Sarah on 028 3026 7711 or email

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