Nonie walks across England

A Lisburn woman faced a huge challenge when she completed a 192-mile trek across England to raise funds for a Bangor based charity Abaana, which works with children living in poverty in Uganda.

Nonie Scott

The retired GP Nonie Scott, completed the walk on June 11 after a fortnight on the road.

Nonie attends the Lisburn Cathedral the same church as the Assistant Director of the charity Neville Jones and told him that she planned to walk across England and wanted to raise money for his charity.

She set out on May 29 and followed a route from Wainwright Coast to Northumberland Coast and climbed about 8,800 metres, the same height as Mount Everest.

The trek was completed along the famous Wainwright’s Coast to Coast route, starting from St Bees to Robin Hood Bay on the Northumberland Coast.

One of the biggest challenges for Nonie involved crossing the mountains of the Lake District and the Pennines, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors.

Nonie, a keen walker said she went to some interesting places.

“The weather for most of the walk was very hot but temperatures dropped for the last couple of days and this made walking easier,” she said.

“I met a lot of lovely people during the walk and passed through some very interesting places, such as Kirkby Stephen (where the annual Appleby Horse Fair was in full swing) and Richmond, a medieval town. It was amazing to finally arrive at Robin Hood Bayon the North Sea coast, after 15 days ‘on the road’.

“I want to thank all those who so generously sponsored me. All the money raised is going to the Abaana charity.”

Abaana, based in Bangor, helps children living in poverty in Uganda, for the last 18 years. It has so far built 13 Primary schools, and currently provides sponsorship for some 1350 children to receive an education and works with children living rough on the streets of Kampala in Uganda.

A spokesperson for Abaana said, “We are so grateful to Nonie for undertaking such an amazing challenge. The funds raised will make a genuine and lasting difference to the lives of boys and girls living in povertyin Uganda.”

Lisburn man Julian Netherton, a member of Jog Lisburn recently completed the London Marathon and raised £1,500 for Abaana.