Striding out for Samaritans at The Thames Path Challenge 2017

Saturday 2nd September 2017
Samaritans volunteer Dorothy and her friend Naomi take their fundraising challenges to another level

On Saturday 8th September, Dorothy, Listening volunteer at BHD Samaritans and her pal Naomi took part in The Thames Path Challenge  - it's a 50km (32mile) walk from Putney to Runnymede which they completed in under 10 hours.

Dorothy and Naomi have done Moonwalks (26.2miles) in Iceland and London and Dorothy did Edinburgh last year. They've also done The Pink Walk (20miles).  Dorothy has also done the Eastbourne Marathon and the White Peak Challenge twice so they knew they could get to 26.2 miles and just thought they'd add a bit more distance this time!  Previous fund raising has mainly been for cancer charities as they both lost a friend 12 years ago to breast cancer but this year they thought they'd do it for BHD Samaritans. 

Dorothy told us "Having become a volunteer last year, I have seen first hand the amazing work our centre and Samaritans does.  It is vital that we have enough funds to man the centre so that we can be there for those that need emotional support - £200 covers the cost for a new volunteer to build the skills they need to answer a call for help"

All monies raised will be donated to BHD Samaritans. 

So far they have raised just over £2000. They both decided that they are too old for birthday presents now so asked for donations instead - people have been very generous!

Naomi is truly amazing as she broke her neck trampolining in 2013 so it was a real challenge for her.

Thanks for all your support.

To donate to Dorothy and Naomi please follow ths link http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Ditchlingdivas17