Following a 35 year highly regarded career in the hotel industry and a period of mental illness, Gary Peacock, former General Manager of The Midland Hotel, Bradford, is about to fulfill a lifelong ambition to walk the Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage in Spain. Starting in the French Pyrenees, Gary aims to walk a total of 558 miles in 40 days to Santiago de Compostela, and finishing at Finisterre on the Atlantic Coast of Spain by mid October.
Gary, renowned for his charitable work and support for the City of Bradford, is aiming to raise funds for two charities which are close to his heart during his expedition; Inn Churches and One In A Million.
Gary, who is self-funding the whole trip said “I’m inspired by the work of Inn Churches and One In A Million, who have been close to my heart for a number of years. On a personal note, they have been friends for a long time and have given me unconditional support and friendship especially over the last 3 years, when I needed it most. I want to support them by raising some much-needed funds for both organisations that are dedicated to the people of Bradford. I would ask friends and colleagues around the city if they could contribute in some way for both of these charities, proceeds to be split 50-50 between them”.
You can support Gary by accessing his fundraising page; https://give.everydayhero.com/uk/gary-on-the-camino
“Gary has become a great friend over the years and his support for charities like OIAM in the City of Bradford, spanning over two decades, has simply been exceptional. We wish Gary every success during his trip of a lifetime”. (Wayne Jacobs, Co-founder, Chief Executive, One In A Million).
Inn Churches provides shelter and practical support to people who are homeless or vulnerably housed. We also work to tackle food poverty through intercepting, storing and distributing surplus food, turning food waste into healthy and delicious meals in our pay-as-you-feel café and for community groups across the Bradford area.
One In A Million is a charity that works with children and young people, through sports, the arts and enterprise. Using formal and informal education to break cycles of deprivation over their young lives, valuing and celebrating their uniqueness, letting them know they are ‘one in a million’.