Two friends from our local area, Sarah and Melanie have just completed a 154 day “virtual walk” from the UK to Santiago in Spain, about 1232 miles in total!

Sarah May, from Thelwall and her friend Melanie met through transplantation, both having received kidney transplants ten years ago.  Since, they have climbed Snowdon together – and have even walked the Great Wall of China to raise awareness and funds for their chosen charities.

This year, they had planned to walk part of the Camino de Santiago route to raise awareness for Kidneys for Life and Prevent Breast Cancer.

When Covid struck earlier this year, plans for an overseas trip went out of the window – but undeterred, Sarah and Melanie embarked on a virtual walk, completing an average of 8 miles a day over 154 days.

Sarah, who was Ian’s guest on the morning show today said “It’s been the longest challenge I’ve ever done.  I knew once I started, I needed to finish, however I didn’t anticipate how big of a commitment it was going to be. There were many many days when I really didn’t want to get out and walk for hours in the dark,  the rain and  the cold but I’m so glad I stuck with it. “

To date, the Justgiving page for Prevent Breast Cancer has raised £390 – and £648 on the Kidneys for Life page (both figures plus gift aid).

Sarah said   “I’ve never been more motivated to complete a challenge. I did this for a few of my special friends who’ve been through the Breast Cancer journey.”

Listen again by clicking the play button below.

The Just Giving funding pages are still open – please follow the links to make a donation if you possibly can.


Sarah May talks to Ian on the Morning Show Monday 2nd November