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Walking for Water and Trekking for Toilets

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Helen Cross

I have been challenged to complete a 17 mile hill walk in the Peak District in support of Ashanti Development's work providing water and sanitation.

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With help from my friends, I have been sponsoring one small village in Ghana, called Dagati, for a couple of years, and I have seen amazing progress.  The photo shows one of the toilets in the village - each family now has one, and the village now has a borehole and pump supplying safe clean drinking water.  By expecting people to do all the unskilled work themselves, including hand-digging 12ft deep holes for the toilets, Ashanti Development makes excellent use of their funds.  There are many more villages practicing open defecation, and without safe water, who are desperate for this same support.  Most people in these villages suffer from diarrhoea at least five days a week, and Ashanti Development reckons that one in three babies dies before age two.  £160 will provide all the materials, skilled labour and training needed for people to build themselves a toilet (the technical term is a VIP Latrine) - so if my walk can raise £3,200, we can provide for another small village.  (It is important to help a whole village at once, as otherwise the problem of flies and re-infection is not solved).

Event details

Gritstone Edges Challenge Walk

This is really going to be a challenge!  I have never walked more than 12 miles in a day, in the hills or even in the fens, where I live - but I am determined to achieve it.  
Cath Lee, of Peak Walking Adventures, has kindly sponsored my place on this walk: 
The walk is 17 miles in the day, in a cold and dark month - so your support will be appreciated!
The walk will start at Hope, finishing at Hathersage.

The main photo shows one of the toilets in Dagati, as well as the home of the family it belongs to.

Event date

17-February-2018 08:30  - 
17-February-2018 17:30

Event type

Running / Walking

27 days to event start


Enjoyed our chat this afternoon Helen. Hope all goes well with the walk and the weather is kind to you !
Donation by Paul & Jane
on 11-01-2018
£5.00 gift aid
Good luck Helen! xx
Donation by Hannah & Russell Gillies
on 31-12-2017
£5.00 gift aid
Donation by Anonymous
on 20-12-2017
£5.00 gift aid
Good luck with the walk, Helen!
Donation by Caroline Cotterell
on 04-12-2017
£2.50 gift aid
Donation by Anonymous
on 29-11-2017
£12.50 gift aid
A wonderful way to raise funds, best wishes on the walk. We have every confidence in you achieving your goal.
Donation by John & Tina
on 29-11-2017
£5.00 gift aid
Long lasting, sustainable, life saving walk / work - well done Helen!
Donation by Anonymous
on 26-11-2017
£0.00 gift aid
Good luck Helen, I hope the weather is kind to you. Ally x
Donation by Ally C
on 21-11-2017
£5.00 gift aid
Time to start the altitude training!!
Donation by Gill T
on 15-11-2017
£0.00 gift aid
Donation by Anonymous
on 13-11-2017
£12.50 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £990.00
Offline Donations: £35.00
Total Raised: £1,025.00
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £1,140.00

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