Camino de Santiago: Patricia Oliver's story

Pilgrimage has at its heart the search for the holy, or the boundary of human experience. Watch Patricia Oliver describe walking the camino with a relative in a wheelchair.

Patricia Oliver is originally from North Baddesley. She accompanied her brother in law PaulSmart on the Caminio de Santiago. For a bit of added challenge - Paul is paralysed from the neck down, and he completed the whole trip, including the bone crunching work of getting up and over the Pyrenees in the typical rain and mud.

The spiritual feeling was it was just a huge feeling of being surrounded by people, equally minded that you felt loved you felt wanted and it was just such a lovely feeling
Patricia Oliver reflects on the spiritual experience of the journey

The Caminio de Santiago is an ancient network of pilgrim routes which converge at the shrine of St James the Just in the cathedral in Santiago de Compostella. People walk pilgrim routes for many, many reasons. For many today, the journey itself is a pursuit of the holy, or the limit of human experience.

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Paul’s #Smart500 Camino on which Patricia was one of the support team across the whole journey is one of many contributions to showing that there is life after paralysis. The walk raised funds for the Salisbury Spinal Injuries Trust. SSIT is a frequent funder of very specialist equipment that can give life meaning again for patients at the regional spinal injury unit in Salisbury.


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