Swindon BIOS Van youth worker Rob Burns headed to the south of France on 24 July to spend five weeks trekking 500 miles from St Jean Pied de Port in Southern France along the Camino De Santiago (Way of St James) to Santiago De Compostela in Northern Spain, all whilst raising money for the BIOS Van service and Swindon Foodbank.
Rob took on the challenge as a personal adventure, according to his GoFundMe page, but was asked so often whether he was raising money for charity that he decided to raise funds for both the Swindon based charities.
On his fundraising page, Rob wrote: “The route is just short of 500 miles in total and I’m aiming to complete it within 5 weeks, meaning I’m aiming to walk a minimum of 15 miles a day.
“A charity that is very close to my heart is BIOS Settings4life – they were the first charity I ever volunteered with when dipping my toes into youth work and encouraged and supported me to make a career in youth work. BIOS engages with those it helps through front-line community & street based youth work and also provides support through schools and colleges in areas of deprivation.
“Through Mobile Youth Work sessions we work with young people ‘where they’re at’. These sessions provide positive activities for young people who for a wide variety of reasons can be found ‘hanging out’ in parks and open spaces. Through conversation support, a listening ear, information, advice and guidance can be offered.
“My second charity of choice, Swindon Foodbank provide emergency food supplies to families and individuals in need. Since launching in 2005 they have helped thousands of people in need – and have seen demand rise year on year. It is terrible that in 21st century Britain people cannot afford the basic necessities needed for life and that is why charities such as Swindon Foodbank need as much support as they are able to get.
“Thank you very much for taking the time to find out more about my plans for summer 2016. Your support will make a massive difference.”
If you would like to find out more about both charities you can visit their websites, which are:
Rob’s fundraising page can be found here: www.gofundme.com/5weeks500miles