Local man and director of 2 Up Front Design, Nick York, has recently trekked over 400 miles to raise vital funds for children and their families across Sussex and South East Hampshire.
After a health scare earlier this year, Nick decided that Now is the time to do things that he had always wished to do. Five months later, he booked a one-way to ticket to Biarritz to trek over 20 miles a day for 24 days through the Camino de Santiago.
“I walked the Camino Way for Chestnut Tree House, a children’s hospice that provides wonderful care for children and their families who are on a way more challenging journey than I am”, Nick says.
The Camino de Santiago, also known as the Way of Saint James, is an ancient pilgrimage walk that trekkers from all over the world have travelled for centuries. “The scenery is unbelievable; the views are simply stunning” Nick explains. “I trekked through two mountain ranges in north-western Spain and spent four days walking through a plateau”.
“Time is precious, and I am so lucky that I have been able to do this”, Nick says reflecting on his journey, “I travelled on my own and I met so many people along the way. It was a real eye-opener”.
“I didn’t book any accommodation as I didn’t know where I would be and at what point in time, sometimes I would find a hostel and I was told that it was fully booked for the night, so I just had to keep on walking until I found somewhere to sleep”.
“We live in a world where everything is instant, but I was in the middle of nowhere. I’d pass a shop and think ‘No, I don’t need anything’, but then I might not see anything else for hours!”
The trek was in addition to Nick’s ongoing support of local children’s hospice, Chestnut Tree House. In 2018, Nick was joined by his wife, Anne and son, Jude, to cycle to Berlin to learn more about their family heritage whilst also raising money to support the local community.
“I live in Portslade, but I was born in Lagos, Nigeria, my father was English and my mother was a German Jew”, says Nick, “Last year my wife, son and I cycled to Berlin to see the train station my mother left Berlin from, as a refugee”.
Now is what life is all about. For yourself. For local families. For living. For the Now.
To learn more about Chestnut Tree House, click here