How to walk the Camino de Santiago during lockdown

Like many organisations St Basils Birmingham based charity has had to cancel all its fundraising events, this of course leaves a huge hole in the finances needed to run its vital services.

St Basil’s supporters can now help young homeless people by staying home and stepping up!

The popular charity annual walk has unfortunately had to be cancelled…
But worry not, a new challenge that you can do from the comfort of your own home as part of your daily exercise has been created.

For just £10 per person, you and up to four of your friends can take on the mighty Camino de Santiago trail online following a virtual route that receives more than 260,000 tourists each year in real life… When we’re not all locked indoors of course.

The route is a total of 743kms and we’re allowing up to 6 weeks to complete the challenge. It’s a great way to stay active and motivated, stay in touch with friends and help to support young homeless people throughout this difficult time and beyond.

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Barrie Hodge head of fundraising said:

At this uncertain time, the most important thing for us remains the safety and wellbeing of the young people we support and our amazing staff who support them. Our valued employees are working tirelessly to keep our young people advised and prepared to look after themselves and others – while continuing to support them in their housing, finances, benefits, education and employment needs.

We absolutely understand the reasons why charity isn’t at the forefront of people’s minds at the moment.  But, the work that St Basils does continues, regardless of whether this virus exists or not. Stay home and stay safe is not possible for a lot of vulnerable young people who do not have a home.

The work we do to prevent homelessness requires us to fundraise and one of the main ways we do this is through our events, unfortunately due to the Corona Virus all our events for the next few months have been cancelled.

Our Step Up challenge to walk the virtual Camino de Santiago route is a wonderful way for our fabulous fundraisers to stay fit while also raising money for our vital work”

About St Basils

St Basils was formed in 1972 in St Basils Church on Heath Mill Lane in Birmingham. It supports over 5,000 16-25 year olds each year who are either homeless or at risk of homelessness across Solihull and the West Midlands. Each year, St Basils helps around 5000 young people with support and housing, aiming to prevent youth homelessness in the region. The organisation also runs employability programmes to encourage young people to return to education or begin employment or training so that they may lead independent lives.