Boots in bath ahead of 50 mile fundraiser

23 Apr 2013
by Neil Skinner

A Newark music fan has taken to wearing a hefty pair of Army boots in the bath in preparation for a gruelling 50 mile walk for Framework.

Gemma Evison, 25, who currently works for the NAAFI* on a British military base in Germany, hopes to raise more than £2,000 by walking from Lincoln – via her home town – to the Download music festival at Donington Park.

Leaving at 10am on June 12th form Framework’s Pathways Centre in Lincoln, she hopes to arrive 24 hours later in time for a hectic weekend of hard rock and heavy metal music.

She said: “I’m doing it in a pair of standard issue military issue boots which take a lot of breaking-in – so much so that I’ve had to start wearing them in the bath to soften the leather. It looks a bit strange but it seems to be working!

“I actually know a few people who have been helped by Framework over the years so I’ve wanted to do something to raise money for quite a while. I go to the festival every year – normally by minibus – so this seemed like a good idea at the time. I’m really not much of a walker and I’ve certainly never done anything like this before but I am confident I’ll arrive in time to meet my friends.”

Asked why she feels so strongly about Framework’s activities she added: “I think a lot of people have misconceptions about the people they help and how they find themselves in situations where they need help. But I know from personal experience that any of these kinds of problems can affect anybody.”

Louise Darby, Head of Fundraising at Framework, said: “This is another fine example of the lengths (and distances) people go to raise money for the people we help. By taking part in this walk Gemma is helping to prevent homelessness, stop rough sleeping and provide vital life-skills to vulnerable people. I hope the festival proves to be worth the walk!”

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*Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes (NAAFI runs recreational establishments needed by the armed forces and sells goods to servicemen and their families. It runs clubs, bars, shops, supermarkets

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