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Mother-daughter duo take on 820km trek for children with cancer

Mother-daughter duo take on 820km trek for children with cancer

Friday 09 June 2023

Mother-daughter duo take on 820km trek for children with cancer

Friday 09 June 2023

A Jersey mother and daughter will be taking on a 820km trek across northern Spain to raise money for a children’s cancer charity.

Over the course of 36 days, Stacey and Mia Sarre will be walking from San Sebastián to Santiago de Compostela, a trek known as the ‘Camino Del Norte’.

A Camino is a historic pilgrimage route that leads to the Santiago De Compostela Basilica. There are nearly 300 different 'caminos' still in regular use.

The Camino Del Norte, which runs across the mountainous parts of northen spain, is one of the least travelled because of the challenges in terrain. 

The pair will be undertaking this trek in order to raise money for the Antoine Trust, a charity that supports Jersey children and their families through cancer. 


Pictured: 'The Camino Del Norte' is an 820km trek from to San Sebastián to Santiago de Compestela. 

The charity was started in 2012 following the death of Antoine Willing, who passed away in 2012 after a two-year battle with a brain tumour. He was seven years old.

Stacey said that doing something like this for an “amazing” local charity like the Antoine Trust has always been “one of those lifetime goals”.

She said: “I said to my daughter, ‘Did you want to do it with me?’ She said: ‘Not really, what’s the point?’ But I said, ‘If we were to do it for charity, would you do it?', and she said, ‘Okay then.’"

Mia Sarre, who is now 18, went to school with Antoine. 

They will be walking every day for just over five weeks, with treks of up to 30km each day over steep ascents. 

Stacey said: “I’m quite a determined person… If I have to crawl the last few feet, then I will!” 


Pictured: The Santiago de Compostela Archcathedral Basilica.

Given the demands of the walk, the pair have started training already, although the younger of the pair is not feeling particularly worried.

“We went out for a 10 mile walk the other day, and she kept running ahead of me, and I thought, ‘we have 36 days of this – hare and tortoise, after all!'” 

They will be setting off on from San Sebastián on 14 September and finishing in Santiago on 17 October. 


You can donate to the pair's JustGiving page HERE and you can learn more about the Antoine Trust HERE.

Pictured top - left to right: Mia and Stacey Sarre. 

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