If you had to guess how the average person in the picturesque Cotswolds celebrates their 50th birthday, what would you say?
Champagne? A garden party? Afternoon tea and a slice of lemon drizzle cake? Something along those lines? To be honest, we really don’t know. But one thing’s for sure, Donna Crowther is no average person.
Last month, the Tetbury woman rang in her 50th by completing a 100 mile sponsored walk that raised £63,000 for Syrian refugees.
Crowther, a bell-ringer at her local church, paced the 100 miles alongside other walkers from St Mary’s Church, Tetbury, in support of charity Christian Aid.
Christian Aid is a UK based charity committed to helping people regardless of their religion or background. Thanks to the efforts of Crowther and her friends, the money raised will be put toward the organisation’s project with Syrian refugees and displaced people in Iraq and Lebanon.
The project helps displaced 18-35 year olds in Iraq with life skills, vocational training and advice on setting up businesses. In Lebanon, Christian Aid’s partner organisation runs centres that provide education and financial support to 800 children and their families.
As part of her birthday excursion, Crowther and co. made pit stops at churches across Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, where they would ring bells each evening. After completing the trek over the course nine days, Crowther said:
“I just wanted to say to you all, a massive thank you for joining in with my madness and becoming a very special part of my spiritual and physical journey through my Christian life.
“You should feel very, very proud of yourselves today, a truly incredible experience to remember forever….I hope you are all able to give your bodies the time they need to fully recover.”
We admire Donna Crowther for dedicating her birthday to such an admirable cause. She hopes to raise just over £14,000 which, as part of Christian Aid’s Iraq & Lebanon Partnership Project, will be match funded 6:1, resulting in an accumulated target of £100,000.
If you would like to donate to the cause, visit her JustGiving page.