During WW2, a group of people found themselves trapped within occupied France: prevented from having a voice, suppressed from independent thought and at risk of capture, persecution - even death.
In an attempt to escape, many travelled south through France and into Spain, only to be met a physical barrier - the Pyrenees. Thanks to locals and guides who put their own lives at risk, over 3,000 men, women and children were led to freedom over a very challenging mountain terrain.
In 2008, A UK-based woman called Jane Willis was diagnosed with her own ‘physical barrier’ –Parkinson’s disease. She describes Parkinson’s as being trapped in her own body: unable to move freely, at times prevented from speaking or thinking with any clarity, and often racked with painful muscle cramps and tremors.
In a bid to raise funds for research and awareness for Parkinson's, Jane is preparing to tackle the toughest of the WW2 escape routes through the Pyrenees, Le Chemin de la Liberté - The Freedom Trail.
Not for the faint-hearted, The Freedom Trail is 4-day, 40-mile trek that ascends at one point to over 10,000 feet.
in lieu of Christmas cards this year we will be making a donation to fund one of the support team that will guide Jane through this challenge, our very own Holly Lerchundi-Willis, Jane's daughter. She will be in good company with Sir David Hempleman-Adams.
We wish Holly and Jane all the best in their quest to help find a Cure for Parkinson's and we would like to take this opportunity to wish you Season's Greetings and a prosperous New Year.
We would like to thank everyone that has donated so far. You can help Jane reach her £25,000 target by donating to the cause by following this link: