You’ll never walk alone with Freedom from Torture
Some fundraising initiatives are just one step ahead. That is literally the case of our long-time supporter Caroline Lodge. She is raising funds for Freedom from Torture through sponsored walks.
So far she has raised an amazing 84% of her target of £1,600 (excluding gift aid). Now she has high hopes of raising the final tranche by the end of May.
Every month for nine months Caroline is undertaking a walk of at least 10km (that’s over six miles). Every time she completes the walk she compiles a blog, focusing on some aspect of the refugee experience, and briefly describing her route and the sights and sounds on the way.
Caroline’s walks are hardly a stroll in the local park but treks across some of south-west England’s most rugged countryside. Accompanied by other walking enthusiasts, she has hiked the Agatha Christie mystery walk in September, climbed an iron age fort in November, and twice tackled Dartmoor in mid-winter. Her most recent walk, organised by a friend, was near Harpenden in Hertfordshire.
Even though she broke her arm in February she continued walking. Despite wind, rain, fog and mud, all the routes revealed wonderful surprises and new discoveries.
Her blogs cover refugee experiences as varied as a reception centre in Lampedusa and the “jungle” camp at Calais, to Freedom from Torture’s holiday hosting scheme for clients and our Write to Life Group. Her readers and supporters come from as far afield as Italy, Canada and the USA.
Caroline has a long connection with Freedom from Torture. She says:
Since working in a north London secondary school in the 1990s, where about a third of our students were refugees or asylum seekers, I have supported refugee causes. I have volunteered and worked with Freedom from Torture since then on a number of projects.
Just before I left London, three years ago, I connected with the Write to Life writing group. The work of this group is creative and campaigning. Writing can also have therapuetic benefits for the Freedom from Torture clients that participate.
I hope my writing will inspire Freedom from Torture supporters to sponsor me, just as the torture survivors of Write to Life have inspired me.
You can support Caroline’s long walks for Freedom from Torture on her Just Giving page and on our Events page. Remember, if you are a taxpayer you can claim gift aid and make your donation increase by a quarter.