The Moorman Boys Take on the Camino

The Moorman Boys Take on the Camino

Wed 01 November

The Moorman boys, Martin Jake and Harry, raise over £15,000 walking the Camino de Santiago
It was fantastic to meet the Moorman Boys, Martin and Jake Moorman, and present their amazing sponsorship cheque for £15,184.83 from their 500 mile Camino de Santiago on Saturday 14 October at No 31, Headingley.

In April 2017 Jake, Harry and Martin walked 'The Way' – Camino de Santiago in aid of BTRS. Their challenge was to walk The Camino, a 490 mile trek from the French Pyrenees to Santiago in North West Spain.  They wanted to give back to the neurosurgeon and colleagues at Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) who operated on Jake twice after he suffered a number of brain haemorrhages in 2014 and 2016. His surgery was extensive (one operation lasted seven hours) and life-saving.

The family are thrilled to report that Jake was discharged in June 2016 after being given the all-clear.  They were all so grateful for the fantastic work (and not to mention support) of everyone involved at LGI that they wanted to give something back to say a massive, massive thank you.

On 1 May 2017, the boys completed the route. Their journey was impressive as The Camino took them a month to complete. It had been a gruelling 28 days though, as they walked an average of 20 miles a day with no rest days in-between in tough conditions. They have raised £15,134.83 for BTRS which is truly spectacular.

Martin had to say about the challenge: “This was an epic challenge and one of the best things I’ve ever done and the fact that my two boys felt the same made it all the more special. Just one year ago Jake was in a wheelchair after surviving life threatening neurosurgery in 2014 and 2016, carried out by Paul Chumas and his team at LGI. For him to ‘walk 500 miles’ just one year on was so special. He wanted to carry on walking at the end and so did I! We can never fully repay the work of LGI and BTRS, but they have given Jake the opportunity to enjoy the best of futures and we are so grateful.

The fact that so many people backed us and helped us to raise over £15,000.00 is very much the icing on the cake.”

Thank you to everyone who sponsored the team and supported in so many ways! Thank you to Petzl, Sprayway and BAC Outdoor Leisure for walking kit contributions and Wilkinson Woodward Bearders for holding an amazing quiz night. Thank you Skyswood School and Focsa at Copley School Halifax for your local support too!

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