A Coventry resident has raised over £1700 for two of Coventry’s oldest women’s charities by walking the Coventry Way during the summer solstice.
The Coventry Way is a 40-mile circular route around the city, which takes in the Warwickshire countryside and passes through villages and towns such as Ryton, Bubbenhall, Ansty, Corley, Kenilworth and Bedworth.
Aaron Law, who works at Severn Trent and is a passionate photographer took 12 hours to do the route to raise money for Coventry Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre (CRASAC) and Coventry Haven.
CRASAC, who are marking their 40th anniversary year, provide specialist services and support for all those who have been affected by sexual violence.
Coventry Haven provide support services to help women and their children who have experienced or are at risk of domestic abuse. In 2022 they will have been supporting women for 50 years.
“Walking has become a solo feature of lockdown for me and something I have valued to keep me on track. Sadly the Covid crisis has meant that many women in abusive relationships cannot have that simple pandemic freedom, so I was keen to help in a material way, while raising the wider issues around women’s safety.
“We all need to do better in the 21st century so hopefully raising some funds is a good start to support vulnerable women in Coventry.”
Natalie Thompson, CEO of CRASAC says:
“It is brilliant that individuals such as Aaron give up their time and energy to support charities such as ours. Services for survivors of sexual and domestic abuse are hugely underfunded and the money raised will go towards our frontline services which give victims the help and support they deserve.”
Jamie Richards, Development & Funding Officer at Coventry Haven says:
“On behalf of all the women and children we support in our refuges, we would like to extend the hugest thank-you to Aaron for his remarkable fundraising efforts and the equally important awareness raising and promotion of our specialist services. We all need to be having conversations about the various types of abuse that very often happens behind closed doors, as silence enables the violence to continue. Thank you, Aaron, for your ongoing support.”