A FUND-RASING walker from Burton aims to complete a 102-mile walk to raise money for foodbanks in the town – despite nursing a serious injury.
Gay Ward, 60, of Fairham Road, Stretton, hopes to walk from through the Cotswolds from Chipping Camden, Gloucestershire, to Bath in six days.
The walk is one of 19 National Trust routes in the UK which the grandmother of three aims to complete.
Mrs Ward has already completed four this year, including one in June during which she slipped and broke her right elbow.
She told the Mail she wants to raise £500 which she will then donate to YMCA foodbanks in Burton.
Mrs Ward, who belongs to Stretton’s St Mary’s Church, said: “Some people are so desperate.
“This is a real crisis in the town. These are not luxury items but essential food that families are asking for.
“If we can do that it shows that we care about people.”
Mrs Ward, who has spent two winters volunteering at the New Baptist Church, in Derby Street, decided to raise money for the YMCA foodbanks after Burton churches united in an initiative called Hope 2013 to promote Christianity and good deeds.
She said: “Some days there is nothing in the foodbank but there are always people coming so sometimes they really are on a wing and a prayer.”
Mrs Ward, who said she completes a walk for charity every year, has previously completed a 265-mile trek across the South West Coastal Path and a 200-mile walk across Scotland.
Donations to Mrs Ward’s fund can be made at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/gayward