The Big Walk for Tearfund

On what turned out to be one of the hottest days of the year a group of All Saints families together with Preston the dog met at Dore station to attempt the Sheffield Round Walk.

We had decided to do the walk to raise money for our Tearfund connected church partnership in Tanzania. Tearfund is an international Christian organisation that works with local churches to deliver resources and understanding to those in poverty across the world.

Our project in Tanzania works with 5 churches within the Babti District to reach out to their surrounding communities. Their work aims to lift people out of spiritual and material poverty, through analysing and solving their own problems and unlocking their potential to create better lives and communities for themselves.

As we set off we were spurred on to find that our sponsorship had just passed our target of £500.

It had seemed like such a good idea when while washing up after the Christian Aid Big Brekkie, but, after the steep ascent that starts the walk, some of us were starting to have a few doubts. The Sheffield Round Walk is 14 miles long and connects the major parks in the south-west of the city.

Eight hours after setting off, we descended from Ringinglow village back to Dore station. Although we were tired and hot we were happy to have completed the walk and raised much-needed funds that will have a real impact in Tanzania.

Well, I say everyone was tired and hot, the notable except was Preston the dog who appeared to be ready to go around again. However, I was told that he did later admit to being a bit tired.

It was a lovely day of church fellowship with the group spanning many generations and representing each congregation from the 8am to Xenia.

Thank you to everyone who has sponsored us, we really appreciate your support. We are delighted that the total raised so far has risen to £690 with gift aid. It is still possible to sponsor us through our Mydonate site or using the donation box in church.