Foreign walk to raise local cash

Worksop woman Maria Batty is doing a sponsored walk through Spain and Portugal to raise funds for Sheffield Teenage Cancer Trust.
Worksop woman Maria Batty is doing a sponsored walk through Spain and Portugal to raise funds for Sheffield Teenage Cancer Trust.
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One Worksop woman is going to great lengths to raise money for a cause much closer to home.

Maria Batty, of Wain Court, will walk the 180 miles from Porto to the Spanish town of Santiago de Compostela to raise money for Sheffield Teenage Cancer Trust.

Born in Spain, Maria moved to the UK before marrying, and has now lived in Worksop for 26 years.

The 59-year-old holistic therapist will set off from the Portuguese city on Monday 3rd June, using hostels as her overnight accommodation along the way, and aims to arrive at the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, a major site of Catholic pilgrimage 12 days later.

She said: “I completed a similar walk of 150 miles before, but this time I’ll be doing the longer coastal route.

“I find walking very therapeutic and relaxing, and if I’m able to raise money in the process then all the better.”

Sheffield Teenage Cancer Trust will be the charity to benefit from her efforts, and Maria explained that she was keen to see the money used locally.

Her 2011 pilgrimage raised almost £4,000 for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

She said: “I want to raise funds for cancer, which is something that affects us all, and it’s really important to me that the money is used locally.”

“The older I get, the more free time I have, and that gives me the opportunity to try and help others as much as possible.”

To sponsor Maria , visit www.charitygiving.com/maria-jose-batty.