AFTER a 800km trek a former Kendal teacher has been inspired to produce two sunning calendars and a poster in memory of her daughter.

George Airey, who walked the Camino de Santiago, the Way of St James, to pay tribute to her much-loved daughter Sophie, 29, who tragically took her own life days before Christmas in 2018, has poured her and heart and soul into a new project.

Mrs Airey, who was Head of History, Head of sixth form and also pastoral Deputy Head at Kirkbie Kendal School for 30 years wanted to do the pilgrimage to find “some spiritual peace” following Sophie’s death.

Since then she has found the passion and determination to fundraise for PAPYRUS, the national charity devoted to the prevention of young suicide, by creating two beautiful calendars.

Her new creations feature photographs of doorways Mrs Airey encountered during her adventure across northern Spain.

“While walking the Camino I was captivated by the range of beautiful doors’ be they humble or very ornate,” she said.

“I could not resist taking these photographs and once home I realised that they could be used to help fund the vital support that PAPYRUS offers to young people who may be having suicidal thoughts.”

Cumbrian printers H&H Reeds Print & Graphic Solutions have helped print the calendars and posters. Steve Wray, Customer Account Manager said: “We are pleased to have been able to help George in fundraising for PAPYRUS. This is a truly inspirational way to raise the profile of and money for this very important charity.”

The former Kendal teacher said her mission in life changed after losing her daughter. She walked on average 25km a day for 34 days straight during the Camino and raised thousands of pounds for the national charity.

Mrs Airey re-named the trek ‘Sophie’s walk’ and, admitted, even though she completed the walk, her journey with Sophie “would never come to an end”.

For more information and to place an order

Calendars can be bought online or from Kirkbie Kendal School and Yard 46.

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