Challenge, walk, blog and Freedom from Torture

I’m not sure how to string together these five nouns, but they are connected and there is no neat way to include them all in a title. But I want to because I want to tell you about and involve you in my CHALLENGE. It’s a challenge for me, and for you. This is how it goes.

To start with: here is your link to my Just Giving page for donations.

The Challenge

me-fftMy challenge is

  1. to raise £1600 in 8 months, that’s by the end of May 2017, for Freedom from Torture.
  2. to undertake a sponsored walk of 10km (about 6.2 miles) or more every month for 8 months.
  3. to write a blog post, connected to some aspect of refugees and perhaps writing, every month, including a brief account of the walk.

Your challenge is

  1. to sponsor my walks/blogs and give money, and here again is the link to my Just Giving page: You can start now. You can give once, or lots of times, or spasmodically, a little, a lot or a great big amount.
  2. to spread the word by blog, twitter or other social media including word of mouth. My preferred hashtag (#challengewalkblogFFT) is a bit long, but the terse amongst you can use it. I’ll settle for #FFT because that’s who the money goes to.
  3. to join me in some way, on a walk, on a parallel walk, with lifts, encouragement, recommended walks and amiability. Let me know.

Why Freedom from Torture?


Since working in a north London secondary school in the 1990s, where about a third of our students were refugees or asylum seekers, I have supported refugee causes. You will see this reflected in the planned monthly posts. I have volunteered and worked with Freedom from Torture since then on a number of projects. Just before I left London, 3 years ago, I connected with the FFT’s writing group, the Write to Life group.

The work of the Write to Life Group is therapeutic, creative and informative. Through their performances they spread the word about FFT and about the experiences of refugees and of torture. The link between refugees and bookishness and writing will emerge through the posts I have planned. Some previous posts on these themes are given below.

How do you donate?

Just click on the link for my Just Giving page, and follow the instructions. Give early, give often! Thank you for your generosity.

Walk #8

The Walking Group

On a walking holiday in Italy I dedicated one day to the challenge. The route on the Gargano Peninsula, in Puglia, took us through limestone hills, and scrub before following a Mediterranean coastal path to the bay of Fontana delle Rose. My walking companions generously supported my endeavours. This walk was about 13.2 km (8.3 miles).

Walk #7

I walked with friends in the Ver Valley, north of St Albans at the end of March. It was a beautiful spring day and we enjoyed good company, skylarks, the Ver River and Roman St Albans. It was called the Three Burys Walk. It was about 14.5 km (9 miles). Read More.

Walk #6

The Good Name Walk, February 2017

February’s walk, ‘good name walk’ took place on a beautiful but muddy day in the second half of February. Walking on my own, I went to Coombe Fishacres, Tanyard Lane, Trigwell Lane, Ipplepen Road, Aptor Lane, Butterball Copse and Berry Pomeroy Castle. Round here, lane means very muddy track! The walk was about 12.5km (7.5 miles). Read More.

Walk #5

Mont and me, January 2017

My companion for my January walk was my brother Mont, and on a sparkling day we made a a circular walk that started inland, took in Noss Mayo and part of the SW Coast Path. The fifth walk was about 13km (8+ miles). Since then I have reached 60% of my target. Read more.



Walk #4.5

North of Hay Tor, with hats.

On Dartmoor, with a group of about 20 – including dogs, we walked from Hay Tor, to Hounds Tor, over the Becca Brook, on a beautiful December day. It was clear, with no wind, and we all needed some exercise. There was the addition of some Pilates, humbugs and a fine collection of Christmas woolly hats. With this walk/post I reached 50% of my target, half the way through. December 29th: about 10km (6+ miles) Read more.


Walk #4

Walking home, in Devon.

For this walk I successfully walked home from Newton Abbot. It began, unpromisingly, in the Esso garage forecourt and after picking up the path in the Asda car park became a delightful walk, along the River Lemon with many, many dog walkers, and then up through East Ogwell, and walking through farmland and rain back to my home. 15th December: about 9km (5+ miles). Read more.


Walk #3

For my third walk I planned to walk home from Newton Abbot, but the bus I found on-line for Sunday travel didn’t exist. In the end I walked in a loop around the equestrian countryside. There were two landmarks: the iron age fort of Denbury Down, seen from a different perspective than my usual view, and HM Prison Channings Wood, where visitors were waiting. 27th November: 10km (6+ miles). Read more.

Walk #2

The ridge north of Pewsey

The second walk was in the Vale of Pewsey. I was pleased to walk with my friend Sarah, meeting at the railway station and walking north across the valley to a ridge, along the ridge in a horseshoe and the descending to cross the valley to meet the Kennet and Avon Canal and return to the station. It was a beautiful day and we could see for miles. 6th October: about 15km (9 miles). Read more.

Walk #1

Stoke Gabriel on the Dart, Devon

My first sponsored walk had a literary connection. Agatha Christie lived at Greenway. It was a circular route, from Broadsands to Greenway on the River Dart, and then back along The John Musgrave Trail and SW Coast Path. 15th September: 13kms (8 miles). Read more.



The next walk and post will appear on this blog …

… in May

Previous posts related to FFT

Dear Jade Sept 2013

Souvenirs May 2016 (a recycled version of …)

Writing Home and Souvenirs April 2013


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