Brinsley mum walks 10,000 steps a day to help support abuse victims

A dedicated Brinsley woman walked 10,000 steps a day for a month to help support victims of domestic abuse.

Tuesday, 15th June 2021, 10:18 am
Brinsley resident Sarah Wade and her son Tyler.
Brinsley resident Sarah Wade and her son Tyler.

Sarah Wade heard about the 10,000 Steps a Day in May challenge set by domestic abuse charity Refuge and decided to take it up for herself.

During the month of May, Sarah pledged to walk the thousands of steps each day – a total of 310,000 steps covering the distance of 155 miles.

The 41-year-old managed to raise £500 in donations from friends and family, which will go towards helping women, men and children who are survivors of domestic abuse.

Sarah said the cause is one close to her heart.

She said: “One reason I took the challenge on is because no woman or man deserves to be abused by their partner, and no child deserves to be abused by their parent.

"I haven't experienced it personally but I have family and friends who have.

“I would like to thank everyone who sponsored me.

"Each and everyone spurred me on and I'm glad I’ve raised a substantial amount for the charity.

"Refuge is such an important cause because they help victims and survivors of domestic abuse and every donation they receive, no matter how big or small, goes a long way."

The mum-of-two did most of her walking each day from May 1 to 31 around the Brinsley, Underwood, Jacksdale, Selston and Moorgreen areas.

She added: “I enjoyed the challenge and I'm just so happy I was able to raise funds for such a worthy cause.

"In fact I enjoyed the challenge so much that I'm now taking on another one throughout the whole of summer to raise funds for dementia.”

Refuge provides services for women and children who have experienced violence; protects women by advocating for a strong criminal justice response to perpetrators; and prevents future violence through education, training and awareness-raising.

The charity aims to empower women and children to rebuild their lives, free from violence and fear.

For more information or advice on recognising the warning signs of abuse, visit www.refuge.org.uk.