Broken ankle Sheila back to walk round the world

Joseph Bulmer

A Brixham team have 'walked'  around the globe to highlight the effects of climate change on the world’s poorest communities

After Christian Aid supporters in Brixham completed a virtual Lands End to John O’Groats walk during Christian Aid Week 2020 and also counted their steps in May 2020 to take on another 300,000-step challenge for the charity, they decided to keep going - right around the world

Their amazing ‘Around the Globe Walk’ of 80,052,472 steps was closed out on with a final event and walk on Furzeham Green

Altogether throughout the year, 45 people contributed steps to the global trek. The end point of the global virtual route was Glasgow, where the UK will host the COP 26 UN Climate Change Conference from October 31 to November 12.

Mary Fallon, Brixham Christian Aid Local Organiser said: “Despite the wet weather everyone enjoyed it and many walked the mile that had been measured out to help us complete our walk around the world:  Kenny Morris did it 11 times; Sheila Johnson ten times, Marge Morris and Judy Lee seven times and of course people came to hand in their last miles including the Rector, Rev Stephen Yates.  So our Big Push succeeded and we are now ‘in Glasgow’ waiting for the COP.

“This walk was chiefly to raise the profile of Christian Aid and the Climate Crisis and not just about raising funds, because all the participants have been giving and raising money already in Christian Aid Week in May this year, when Brixham Group collected over £10,000. An amazing result."

Donations in support of the Brixham walkers can still be made at:

Marie Hubbard, local Christian Aid supporter and Walk Leader described the closing event: "We had a fabulous local band, called Stargazy Pie, playing which added to the atmosphere.: "

Each walker received a certificate and a medal (Fairtrade chocolate coin). Four ‘Super’ Medals  (three Fairtrade chocolate coins) were awarded for most steps walked, youngest walker, inspiration and recruiting most walkers and walking in the face of adversity! This award went to Shelia Johnson who broke her ankle at the beach and was rescued by the inshore Lifeboat. She was back walking and contributing steps within a few weeks!