Yate mums take to streets to raise money for good causes
THREE mums have taken to the streets to raise money for charities that have been struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ami Bowden who went to school in Yate but now lives in Thornbury, first linked up with her friends from Yate, Sam Kenny and Tracey Sidall, in December, before the latest lockdown started, for a 5km walk for the charity Walking With the Wounded, which helps veterans find employment.
They raised over £400 and were so inspired that they decided to set up a fundraising group which would support a different charity every month for a whole year.
Ami said: “During all the lockdowns we felt as if we wanted to give something back to all the charities that are suffering through these hard times.
"Once we started going on our walks dressed up we were amazed by the amount of people that approached us saying how lovely it is and how it just made them smile, it made our day.
"We have all chosen charities that are close to our hearts.”
In January, the mums did a 50 mile walk for Maggie’s Cancer Hospices, raising £230, and in February they raised £376 for Refuge, the charity supporting victims of domestic violence.
In March they supported the Bourne Christian Project by completing a virtual Lands End to John O’ Groats challenge, raising £532 as the Voice went to press.
In April they will be doing a 30 day yoga challenge.
Every week they do two walks in fancy dress.
The team have managed to get sponsorship from James Ball Cars, the company run by Chipping Sodbury’s Mayor James Ball, which has helped with the cost of their costumes.
Picture: Rich McD Photography