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The Big Walk!

Camino de Santiago Route

We are proud to announce that one of our team members Steve Bennett, and his wife Jean, are soon setting off on the walk of a lifetime – the famous Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain.

Steve and Jean are walking the route in support of the charity PAPYRUS – Prevention of Young Suicide.

They start walking in September 2014, and expect to take just 5 to 6 weeks to complete the 500 miles that make up the route!

Steve and Jean, both in their 60s (hard to believe – we know!) are planning to walk 15 miles a day, carrying everything in their rucksacks, and staying in Pilgrims Hostels along the way.

About PAPYRUS – Prevention of Young Suicide

Jean and Steve are walking to raise money for the excellent national charity PAPYRUS (Prevention of Young Suicide). Established in 1997, PAPYRUS was set up by Lancashire mum Jean Kerr after she lost her child to suicide. Convinced that many suicides were preventable, she and a group of parents set up PAPYRUS with the aim of reducing the stigma attached to suicide, increasing awareness of young suicide, providing support and advice to those affected by suicide or contemplating suicide, campaigning for the prevention of youth suicide and learning more about what drives young people to commit suicide.

PAPYRUS operate HOPELineUK, a specialist telephone line for young people up to the age of 35 who are worried about themselves or someone close to them. Trained professionals are on hand 365 days a year, for people to speak to in confidence.

PAPYRUS is the only UK based registered charity dedicated to helping to prevent young suicide. It’s of particular importance to Jean, whose own daughter Elayne sadly took her own life 9 years ago. She and Steve will be walking the Camino in her memory.

About The Camino de Santiago

The Camino de Santiago, or The Way of St. James as it is known in English, is the name given to the pilgrimage routes to the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great, in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, where tradition maintains that the Saint is buried.

The route has been popular with pilgrims from all over Europe since the 9th Century, with some scholars believing that the route dates from well before that. Whilst most modern day travellers along the route do so for recreational, rather than spiritual, reasons the pilgrimage does still act as a modern day retreat, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Jean and Steve intend to walk the French route of the Camino, and make their way through Pamplona, Logroño, Burgos and León, before reaching Santiago. Like most pilgrims, they’ll be making use of the many hostels set up on the side of the road.

How can you support Steve and Jean?

You can donate to Steve and Jean by visiting their Just Giving page.

Steve and Jean Bennett

Alternatively, you can text WOSJ53 to 70070 with your donation amount e.g. WOSJ53 £10

We’ll be providing you with regular updates about how the couple are getting on!

On behalf of all of us here at Recycle Technology, we wish Steve and Jean the very best of luck and look forward to hearing all about their adventures when they get back!