Epic walk for charity after teen’s battle

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An epic charity walk has raised more than £12,000 for a charity which works to support people fighting brain tumours.

Martin Moorman, 52, head teacher at Ravenscliffe High School and his son Jake, 19, took on the gruelling 500-mile Camino de Santiago - a famous and historic ‘pilgrimage’ route which runs across northern Spain.

The pair, who live in Greetland, were joined on part of the route by Jake’s brother Harry, 20, and his cousin Daniel, 19.

It was a personal challenge for the family in the face of Jake’s serious health battle. The teenager had to endure two life-saving operations in 2014 and 2016 to treat a bleed on the brain.

The Camino challenge, which they began on April 1, was a way to say ‘thank you’ and honour the work of the team who cared for Jake at the Leeds General Infirmary.

Jake, who has now made a full recovery and will begin a Geology and Geography degree at the University of Leeds this year, said: “I would bill it as the best experience of my life.

“It was unlike anything I have ever done.”

Martin and Jake worked out they walked more than one million steps in the 28 days from start to finish, which Jakes describes as more than one million “little blessings” which had not seemed possible when he was ill.

Speaking about the highlights of the trip, which was partly inspired by the Martin Sheen film ‘The Way’, Martin said: “We’ve had the richest of experiences. It was really fantastic to meet so many people. People were walking for different reasons. We met people from all over the world and we had so much in common with those people. That was really special - there’s much more to unite us than separate us.”

They had originally set a target of £5,000 for the Brain Tumour and Research Support across Yorkshire charity, but that target was smashed as donations poured in.

A quiz night has also been organised by Wilkinson Woodward Bearders solicitors on June 22 at the Shay Stadium.

Funds raised on the evening will be donated to the Moormans’ charity fund.