Team Elaine and Sue’s story
Walking with Hope along The Nene Way
We are Elaine and Sue, volunteers with Hope Projects, and plan to walk The Nene Way from Badby in Northamptonshire to Sutton Bridge in Lincolnshire. We hope to complete the 112 miles over 9 days, starting on 16th September 2019. We aim both to raise money for this West Midlands charity, and to increase awareness of the difficulties many asylum seekers face when they are forced to leave their homes.
The walk is an ambitious one for us as, although we have completed other long-distance walks and are capable of walking 12/13 miles a day, Elaine’s psoriatic arthritis makes walking continuously, day after day, a challenge.
We have volunteered with Hope Projects, which works to overturn flawed refusals of asylum, for about a year now. Along with South Birmingham Quakers, we have organised self-help activities for the women, and provided one of the houses with a new cooker. The new cooker encouraged the women to share meals together which has decreased their isolation. In a similar way we want to improve the lives of Hope’s residents with the funds raised.
Friends are asked to offer their financial support and/or to embroider or paint a message of hope for the asylum seekers on the sunrays that can be provided. On our return we will present a piece of art work, in the form of a sun.