Trekking couple raise over £7,500 for two local charities

A COUPLE who completed the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage earlier this year have donated their final fundraising total to two local charities.

John and Theresa Jenner from Tonbridge walked an average of 17 miles per day for 30 days and raised more than £7,500.

The couple are donating the money to two charities: Taylor-Made Dreams, which supports children with terminal illnesses in Kent, Sussex and Surrey, and Ember Youth, which supports young people in Tonbridge.

John had previously trekked to Mount Everest for Taylor-Made Dreams in 2015 with two others from his local rugby club Tonbridge Juddians RFC, raising £14,000 to help grant bucket list wishes for the charity’s children and provide support services for the families.

John said: “We were thrilled to be able to support Taylor-Made Dreams once again with this incredible challenge. We got to know Suzi and the charity well from my Everest [trek]. It is great to know that we are supporting unwell children and families in our local community at such a difficult time.”

The Camino de Santiago pilgrimage takes place in Spain, finishing in Galicia. Walkers are encouraged to live a simple and modest life while reflecting as they walk. The Jenners were often walking at the same time as up to 800 other walkers on any one day.

Taylor-Made Dreams make dreams happen for children with life-limiting illness and provides the family with financial, emotional and practical support alongside their difficult journey.

The charity receives referrals from a wide range of institutions including Children’s Hospices, Clic Sargent, Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, Cancer for Children Fund, Kids v Cancer operating at Royal Marsden Hospital, the County Council Social Services Disability Teams and schools.

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