Consultant neonatologist takes on charity pilgrimage

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Consultant neonatologist takes on charity pilgrimage
25 June 2014

Dr Lydia Bowden, a consultant neonatologist at The Royal Oldham Hospital, will be helping premature babies when she undertakes a challenging 800km walk for charity along the ancient pilgrimage route of Camino de Santiago across Northern Spain in June, starting this week.

A member of the British Association of Perinatal Medicine, Dr Bowden has been campaigning to make neonatal units more family friendly nation-wide, and money raised from the walk will go to CAFOD and BLISS.

She said:  ’’During my work I see the support BLISS gives to families who have sick or preterm babies on the neonatal unit  at a very challenging time. CAFOD supports humanitarian emergencies all over the world providing food shelter and medical aid. ’I first learnt about the Camino whilst studying Spanish at school, and therefore when I was looking for a challenge for my 50th birthday, as I am a keen walker, this seemed the ideal solution.’’

The Camino, which was recently featured on Simon Reeves BBC2 programme ‘Pilgrimage’ consists of an 800km (500 mile) walk across the Pyrenees, from St Jean Pied du Pont to the city of Santiago de Compostella in northwest Spain. The route travels through Pamplona, across the Rioja wine country through Galicia.

Lydia will be also joined for part of the route by two school friends, who have remained in touch since meeting on their first at school more than 40 years ago. In total the walk will take around six weeks.

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