Four friends from Bradford have completed an epic 30 mile trek in the Lake District to raise money for charities including The Donkey Sanctuary.
Sarah Dembickjy, 24, an activity support worker from Clayton in Bradford, raised £185 for The Donkey Sanctuary with her amazing challenge.
It took her 11 hours walking solidly and her exhausted team only finished at 9pm at night.
But Sarah, who has a soft spot for donkeys having grown up with them as pets, said it was worth it to raise money for The Donkey Sanctuary which she supports.
She said: “The charity do an amazing job helping donkeys to have a happier and more fortunate life. I was lucky to have a few donkeys whilst I was growing up and have had a love and a fondness for them ever since. Donkeys are the most loving and gentle of animals and need to be loved back - so that’s why I wanted to raise money for the charity.”
Tough points of the trek included scaling the “massive” Wansfell peak at mile 24, and battling through the fatigue.
Senior Community Fundraising manager for The Donkey Sanctuary, Kirsty Christmas, said: “What an incredible challenge! We are so grateful to Sarah for all her hard work and for completing her trek to support us! Thanks to people like Sarah we are able to carry on our work helping donkeys in the UK and worldwide and helping the people who depend on them.”
Kind-hearted Sarah, who works in Queensbury with a charity that helps vulnerable people, also teaches dance and fitness classes, so she found the trek, on July 26th, slightly easier than her team-mates.
She walked together with her friends Jenny, Sophie and Sian, who raised money for Bowel Cancer UK, The Motor Neurone Disease Association, The British Heart Foundation and The Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.
Sarah is pictured with Billy O the donkey, at The Donkey Sanctuary Leeds, in Eccup.
If you would like to raise money for The Donkey Sanctuary we would love to hear from you. Please contact the Community Fundraising Team on 01395 578222 or email email@example.com.