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Monday, 24 November 2014

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Cumbrian vicar completes gruelling challenge for charity

A vicar has completed a 1,000 mile pilgrimage for charity.

Jacqueline Curtis photo
Jacqueline Curtis

The Rev Jacqueline Curtis set off on her mammoth journey nearly 10 weeks ago which saw her walk between Le Puy-en-Velay in France to the Shrine of St James in Spain.

Along the way she’s gone from sunshine to snow, beaten blisters and made many friends.

And for her hard work, the Cleator Moor vicar has so far raised just over £800 for the Give Us A Break charity which aims to build a respite centre for disabled children in west Cumbria.

Rev Curtis has thanked people back home for the encouragement she received along the way.

“Thank you all for all your good wishes and support. It has meant more than you can imagine,” she said.

Her fans have been kept up-to-date with her progress through her Facebook page which she has regularly posted on.

She had originally hoped to complete the challenge by mid-July, so was well ahead of target.

Her last post, on the day she completed the pilgrimage, said: “Arrived in Santiago-de-Compostela at 5pm. 64 days walking, 1,700 kilometres, two blisters and kept going by so much kindness and support from so many people. Thank you and bless you.”

She has faced many challenges – several weather-related – battling through soaring heat, snow, torrential rain and freezing temperatures.

She came face-to-face with snakes, has been plagued with blisters and slept in former convents with 97 other pilgrims with only two toilets.

And the determined vicar was only thinking of the charity while she should have been celebrating, urging people to donate.

The amount raised stands at £827 at the moment and anybody wishing to donate can do so through www.justgiving.com/jacqueline-curtis.

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