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Delia’s 100 mile walk for ShelterBox

A keen fundraiser from Devon is walking 100 miles in August to raise money for ShelterBox

26 July 2023

Delia Kennedy is walking 100 miles to fundraise for ShelterBox

Press release – 26 July 2023

A keen fundraiser from Devon is walking 100 miles in August to raise money for the international disaster relief charity ShelterBox.

After being inspired by a conversation with her local vicar, Delia Kennedy, 78, set out to walk 100 miles around her local area each month for different charities. Since starting the challenge in January 2023, Delia has raised funds for seven charities, with ShelterBox her chosen charity for August.

Delia, who lives near Cullompton, says: “This isn’t my first walking challenge. Last year I did the equivalent distance from John O’ Groats to Lands’ End (1109 miles) by walking locally so I thought another walking challenge would be a good idea.

“I’m grateful that at my age I have my health and can walk with ease and enjoyment. I still feel I’ve got the energy to walk 10 miles a day. Although, when I sit down at home now, I do find myself dropping off quickly!”

Delia will be sticking to local walking routes and will be accompanied by a furry companion called TT; a small teddy bear who rides in her backpack.

As a long-standing supporter of ShelterBox, the funds raised by Delia, will help the charity support people who have had to leave their homes or had them damaged or destroyed because of extreme weather or conflict.

Delia, a retired social services assistant, continues: “It’s a nice feeling knowing I’m doing something to help and it’s keeping me fit, so I’m really enjoying it. Even in the bad weather I just think carry on and get on with it!

“I’d like to try and raise around £590, but because of the current financial climate I don’t really have a target. Whatever we can do, we will do. I try and talk to as many people as possible about the work ShelterBox does because I think it’s brilliant.

“I’d also like to thank Exe Valley Rotary Club for its help with my fundraising efforts.”

ShelterBox is currently helping people affected by conflict in Ukraine, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Cameroon, and Burkina Faso. It’s also responding to the worst drought to hit East Africa in 40 years.

Community Fundraising Officer for ShelterBox, Louisa Arnold, says: “We are in awe of Delia’s perseverance and determination, and so grateful for her ongoing support.

“ShelterBox was founded in Cornwall in 2000 and since then we’ve supported more than 2.5 million people in around 100 countries. Every response is different and so we tailor our aid packages to the needs of disaster affected people, listening to what communities need.

“This is only possible with support from people like Delia who, not only raise crucial funds, but also raise awareness for the charity’s work and the issues people are facing around the world.”

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For more information contact the press office at ShelterBox via [email protected].

Notes to Editors

  • Images and captions included
  • Interviews available on request with Delia Kennedy

About ShelterBox

ShelterBox provides emergency shelter and other essential items to families who have lost their homes to disasters. With operational headquarters in Cornwall, the charity also has 14 affiliate organisations worldwide.

The charity has been Rotary International’s project partner in disaster relief since 2012. ShelterBox has supported more than 2.5 million people since it was founded in 2000.