Devon fund raiser walking 100 miles every month for seven charities
A keen fundraiser from Devon is walking 100 miles in August to raise money for the international disaster relief charity ShelterBox.
After being inspired by a conversation with her local vicar, Delia Kennedy, 78, set out to walk 100 miles around her local area each month for different charities.
Since starting the challenge in January 2023, Delia has raised funds for seven charities, with ShelterBox her chosen charity for August.
‘This isn’t my first walking challenge,’ says Delia who lives in mid-Devon. ‘Last year I did the equivalent distance from John O’Groats to Lands’ End by walking locally so I thought another walking challenge would be a good idea.’
The John O’Groats to Lands’ End route is more than 1100 miles long.
‘I’m grateful that at my age I have my health and can walk with ease and enjoyment. I still feel I’ve got the energy to walk 10 miles a day. Although, when I sit down at home now, I do find myself dropping off quickly!’
Delia will be sticking to local walking routes and will be accompanied by a furry companion called TT which is a small teddy bear who rides in her backpack.
ShelterBox: helping people displaced by disaster and conflict
As a long-standing supporter of ShelterBox, the funds raised by Delia, will help the charity support people who have had to leave their homes or had them damaged or destroyed because of extreme weather or conflict.
‘It’s a nice feeling knowing I’m doing something to help and it’s keeping me fit, so I’m really enjoying it. Even in the bad weather I just think carry on and get on with it!’ explains Delia, a retired social services assistant.
‘I’d like to try and raise around £590, but because of the current financial climate I don’t really have a target. Whatever we can do, we will do.’
‘I try and talk to as many people as possible about the work ShelterBox does because I think it’s brilliant. I’d also like to thank Exe Valley Rotary Club for its help with my fundraising efforts.’
ShelterBox is currently helping people affected by conflict in Ukraine, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Cameroon, and Burkina Faso. It’s also responding to the worst drought to hit East Africa in 40 years.
‘We are in awe of Delia’s perseverance and determination, and so grateful for her ongoing support,’ says Louisa Arnold, Community Fundraising Officer for ShelterBox.
‘ShelterBox was founded in Cornwall in 2000 and since then we’ve supported more than 2.5 million people in around 100 countries.’
‘Every response is different and so we tailor our aid packages to the needs of disaster affected people, listening to what communities need.’
‘This is only possible with support from people like Delia who, not only raise crucial funds, but also raise awareness for the charity’s work and the issues people are facing around the world.’
To find out more about fundraising for ShelterBox, visit: shelterbox.org