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Sponsor E2W member Alison Smith to  (virtually) walk from Land’s End to John o’Groats

Sponsor E2W member Alison Smith to (virtually) walk from Land’s End to John o’Groats

Katie.Dix / 07 Dec 2020

Whilst we dedicate ourselves to helping and supporting women, mostly at the top of the social and economic ladder, we are aware that there are women in our society without the advantages and privilege enjoyed by many.   

In April 2019 we were introduced to the Young Women’s Trust and were amazed at the work they do to help Young Women who are struggling to live on low or no pay, to get into work that is right for them. The Young Women’s Trust offers these women support similar to that we offer you, our members. The Young Women's Trust offers free coaching and personalised advice on job applications, conducts research, runs campaigns and works with young women to build confidence and advocate for fair financial futures.

Alison's Story:

2020 has been a tough year for many of us and we’ve all had to find our own ways of dealing with the challenges thrown at us. For me, being made redundant early in the year, 2020 has been one of pause and reflection. I embarked on formal qualifications to keep my brain active and, to keep both mind and body at some level of fitness, I walked. This gave me time alone to think about ‘what next’ and, when rules allowed, to walk and talk with friends. 

Heading into 2021, qualifications successfully completed and a new job offer accepted, I want to make sure that the benefits I’ve gained from daily walking are not consigned to history.  And so I’ve signed up for a challenge to virtually walk from Land’s End to John o’Groats (874 miles) through https://endtoend.run. I started this challenge on 23 November and have 365 days to complete; an average of 2.4 miles per day. 

It doesn’t seem a lot when you break it down, but after suffering a pulmonary embolism and pneumonia back in April 2019 and being unable to walk 100 metres without being completely out of breath, I know not to take it for granted. Walking (almost) daily will give me the discipline to continue even when the challenges of a new job and daily life take up most of my time. Supporting E2W’s partnership with the Young Women’s Trust will give me the extra impetus to carry on, even when the going gets tough. 

Your support is very much appreciated.

I’ll post monthly progress updates. Would you like to join me or sign up for your own challenge...as a community we can help raise the much needed money to keep the Trust doing all they can to support the young women who rely on it's funds so greatly. 

How to support E2W member, Alison:

Please follow the link to our Just Giving Page where you can show your support for Alison, and help Young Women's Trust continue to help young women, especially during this time. 

You can also show your support by signing up to take part in the Royal Park's Half, on behalf of Young Women's Trust, together with E2W. Read more here

 

 

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