A group of Derry walkers are enjoying a well earned rest after completing a mammoth 52 mile walk in just two days.
Local walkers Jacqueline Williamson (Kinship Care CEO) Frances McElroy, Susanna Toland, Sandra Doherty and Michelle Dixon made the trek to Coleraine via Ballymoney and Garvagh battling wet and windy weather, all in the name of highlighting the challenges faced by children in kinship care.
The charity, who have a drop in centre on Carlisle Road, work closely with children who are being looked after by family members other than their parents, and their carers.
Speaking after the walk which was undertaken to highlight the poverty which children face in kinship care, Jacqueline Williamson said: “We’re so glad we did the walk - but it was hard going! Two days to walk 52 miles was an ambitious target but we had so many people supporting us along the way. We had people who came out and gave us toasties and people who pulled up in cars to have their photographs taken. Even though the walk was tough, the atmosphere and camaraderie among those who took part was amazing.”
The theme of the walk, completed by ‘Team Kinship’ was ‘making ends meet’ a reference to the massive financial struggles faced by children in kinship care and those who are looking after them.
The Team Kinship group arrived back in Derry yesterday afternoon (Monday) where they were given a reception by Derry’s mayor, Brenda Stevenson in the Guildhall during the launch of the Kinship Care DVD, ‘Keeping Families Together.’