Freedom from Torture - Get active this summer by fundraising for Freedom from Torture

Get active this summer by fundraising for Freedom from Torture

Nada Shawa prepares for her Scootathon challenge

It’s almost summer and enthusiastic supporters of Freedom from Torture are getting active to raise much needed funds. Some do it alone, some with a few friends, and still others as part of mass event. Let’s take a look at some of our fantastic fundraisers.

On a baking hot Bank Holiday Monday, we had four fabulous runners undertaking the London Vitality 10K run, past some of London’s most iconic and historic landmarks. Vivian Parker, Andrew Dodge, Nina Berry and Ruth Connelly each set themselves individual fundraising targets. Together they have raised £2,345 – but you can make it more as it is not too late to donate.

If you want to join the run in 2019, or indeed any of the other running events, email Mandy Taylor at

A week earlier our legal eagles (our LAWS team) from our London Centre did a shorter but much more crowded walk through London on the London Legal Walk. So far they have raised almost £900 with Gift Aid but they want to reach £1,000. All the funds raised go to support our vital legal services for torture survivors.

The intrepid Nada Shawa from Edinburgh completed her second Scootathon for Freedom from Torture. This time it was a Scoot across the ten Clyde bridges in Glasgow, a contrast to her 2016 scoot across the Forth Bridge. The Clyde scoot raised an incredible £3,300 with Gift Aid – you can make it more. Thank you Nada and the Edinburgh Group, and to the people of Glasgow who supported her.

Ann Gibson from the Oxford Group walked the West Highland Way from Milngavie near Glasgow to Fort William, a total of 94 miles (154 kilometres) through some of the most spectacular scenery in the UK. She aimed to raise £1,000 but has already exceeded her target. You can still donate. A big thank you to Ann.

Barbara Foster started her All-England Cathedral walk in 2014, aiming to walk between all England’s 42 cathedrals in an elaborate spider web of pathways. She has now visited 33 cathedrals and will be reaching several more through the summer. She has already raised almost £2,000 – over £1 per mile – and wants to raise more. You can read about her adventures here and donate.

On 1 July our East Sussex Group will be walking again across the beautiful South Downs. There are three routes of varying distances and grades of difficulty to choose from but all have the same happy ending – a fabulous cream tea at Friston Village Hall. It costs just £10 per adult and £3 to enter for a wonderful day out.

Supporter Phil Taylor will be aiming high – literally – on his four day hike in July over the Pyrenees on Le Chemin de la Liberte -the freedom trail that enabled thousands of desperate refugees escape the Nazi regime in occupied France to neutral Spain. He will be using his trek to raise funds for Freedom from Torture – we will send more information at a later date.

But you don’t have to climb mountains to support Freedom from Torture. If you live in the north-west, you can spend a blissful Sunday visiting 29 beautiful garden sites in Chorlton Open Gardens. Tickets are in the form of a programme and cost just £5. Gardens are open from 11am to 5pm so you can experience them in their summer glory.

Are you inspired? Why not join an event or, if that doesn’t suit, undertake your own personal challenge. Remember, we are here to support you with tips and ideas and fundraising materials to give to potential supporters.

If you want to join the summer  fun, and run, walk or scoot, look at our events page or email Mandy Taylor at for more information and ideas.

If you are a member of a local group, or want to set one up, and have an event coming up, be sure to contact Sabine Nierhoff at so we can make sure everyone knows about it.





































































































































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