In Her Shoes…

10 05 2011

As my regular followers will know, I am committed to supporting the work of the VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) charity:

This Sunday 15th May, up and down the country, VSO is running (or walking) a series of In Her Shoes sponsored events.

It should be a great day out for an excellent cause and it’s a little bit different from most charity walks as those taking part are being  invited to exercise their creativity, as well as their bodies, by sporting the most funky, dazzling shoes they can find.    

Almost 1,000 women die every day as a result of complications from pregnancy, 99% of them in the developing world. Many of them have to walk for hours just to reach a hospital.

The proceeds from this walk will help change all that.

If you are interested to know how, visit and read Grace’s story about the method of ‘kangaroo care’ where mothers of premature babies are taught to keep them warm through skin contact, or how volunteers such as obstetrics and gynaecology expert Sonia Barnfield  and midwife Zoe Vowles are  educating community members in basic health education procedures as well training medical staff in the effective use of ultrasound equipment (that had previously stood idle) and how to carry out life- saving caesarean sections.

VSO volunteers like Sonia and Zoe are making a huge difference to the lives of women in 44 developing countries. While some charities provide food, money, or resources, VSO places its emphasis on sharing skills that will help provide long-term sustainable change.

In order to do this funds are urgently required to cover the cost of placing volunteers, with appropriate professional expertise, in  settings where they can really help to make a difference.    

I will be taking part in a 5 mile walk organised by the Worcestershire VSO Supporter Group, who also provided funds to support my recent education placement in Rwanda.

The route will follow the Worcester-Birmingham Canal from Tardebigge Top Lock to Stoke Pound, which is down and up part of the longest flight of canal locks in the UK. Luckily we’ll be stopping off for liquid refreshment at the Queen’s Head pub, in Stoke Pound, before starting the return journey.

Many of you have been more than generous in supporting my recent charity activities in Africa but if I could prevail upon you once again to make just a very small donation to this worthwhile course it would be very much appreciated.

Every donation, no matter how small, will make a difference. If you would like to sponsor me in Sunday’s In Her Shoes sponsored walk please visit my just giving page @

Many thanks for your support.




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