A MAN has raised more than £1,700 for two of Coventry’s oldest 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, took 12 hours to complete his ‘Summer Saunter’ and collect the cash for Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (CRASAC) and Coventry Haven.
He said: “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 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. “
CRASAC, which is marking its 40th anniversary year, provides specialist services and support for all those who have been affected by sexual violence.
Natalie Thompson, CEO of CRASAC said: “It is brilliant 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.”
Coventry Haven provides support services to help women and their children who have experienced or are at risk of domestic abuse.
Jamie Richards, development and funding officer at Coventry Haven said: “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 fund-raising efforts and the equally important awareness raising and promotion of our specialist services.”