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Jen Franklin , United Kingdom

Your age : 39

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Why am I fundraising? On 12 April, I will be pushing myself to my limit by leaving the UK to compete in the MARATHON DES SABLES – a truly gruelling multi-stage adventure in one of the world’s most inhospitable environments, the Sahara Desert. It is indisputably the Toughest Footrace on Earth. Physically, it is six days’ running over 250 km (156 miles) across endless sand dunes, rocky jebels and white-hot salt plains, in temperatures of more than 50°C, carrying what I need to survive on my back. Mentally, it is the ultimate challenge – an experience like no other in the world. It will be hard. My feet will swell. They will crack. They will bleed, as I cross the world's largest hot desert. Day three will take me out of the Saharan morning into dusk, dark and beyond as I cover 85 kilometres (53 miles) in one relentless stage of running. But I will find the strength to power onwards with the goal of seeing the finish line. As a huge advocate of Women's Aid and the work that they do to make women and children safe, I cannot think of a better charity to support as I complete this epic challenge. If you choose to support me on this journey, you will be contributing to efforts that aim to break the cycle of domestic violence, provide a safe haven for those in need, and work towards creating a society free from abuse. A few facts... Did you know the police in England and Wales receive 100 calls every hour relating domestic abuse? (HMIC, 2015) With three women being killed a fortnight by a current or ex-partner, so much needs to change before women are safe. This is why I am taking on this fundraiser to raise vital funds and awareness for survivors of domestic abuse, but I need your help. One in three women (35%) are subjected to domestic abuse in their lifetime and, domestic abuse is not just physical or sexual in nature, it can also include coercive control (intimidation, degradation, isolation), psychological and/or emotional abuse, harassment and stalking as well as online and digital abuse. £10 Could fund 1 life-changing conversation between a professional Women's Aid support worker and a survivor of domestic abuse. Join me in making a difference and supporting Women's Aid as I run across the Sahara Desert!


39th EDITION - 4 - 14 April 2025



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