I am going to walk from John O’Groats to Land’s End, which is about 1,200 miles (1,900 km). It will take two and a half month and I'll be camping most nights, so I'm carrying my tent and anything else I'll need in my trusty rucksack. My packing-light skills are going to need a little honing.
The reason I am doing this very-long-walk is to raise money for Womankind, a Bristol based charity run by women for women. For over 30 years they have been helping women to improve their mental health, enabling them to have a better quality of life. They aim to reach the most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups of women, particularly those with little or no access to community mental health services.
By donating to Womankind you will be helping women to access the support they need at difficult times in their lives. The subsidised counselling I received at Womankind helped me to leave an abusive relationship which had begun when I was 21. I left at the age of 28 after years of psychological and physical abuse. I may have stayed if I hadn't been able to access counselling. Many women do stay, every day. So this walk is about them really.
In fact, about 1.6 million women in the UK experienced domestic abuse in 2020 - about double the number of men. Over 80% of victims of reported sexual assaults are women. They are also more likely to be victims of sexual exploitation through modern slavery – making up about 70%. So charities like Womankind are necessary and important – they help women overcome traumatic experiences and re-build their lives.
I would really like to repay Womankind, and help them continue to support women in danger and distress. I hope you can help me to do this. Thank you for anything that you can give.
Please follow @marfisdrawing and @womankindtherapy to see updates of my walk! Here are some further links for more information about Womankind and domestic violence that I put together: https://rentry.co/v77u2
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