For the past three years, people of all ages have pulled on high heels, brogues, wellies and even flip-flops to take part in the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event.
The walk is organised by Tamworth Community Safety Partnership and the Pathway Project. It alternates between Tamworth and Lichfield each year and raises vital funds for Pathway Project, a charity that works to support adults, young people and children who are experiencing or affected by domestic abuse.
This year, the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event is being held in Tamworth on September 3, to coincide with the We Love Tamworth event, which is expected to bring thousands of visitors into the town.
Walkers, including the men, are being encouraged to do the walk in a pair of high heels. Organisers are now appealing for donations of shoes for the event, either to be worn by the walkers or decorated by community groups to be displayed on the day.
Shoes can be brought into Tamworth Borough Council’s offices at Marmion House in Lichfield Street. If you would like someone to collect them, please call Charlotte Green on 07854 415865 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange collection.
The walk will be fun, but it has a very serious message. Its aim is to raise awareness of domestic violence, to encourage more people to report it and to raise as much money as possible for the Pathway Project.
Entry is free, but walkers will be encouraged to make a donation to the Pathway Project and to raise extra cash through sponsorship.
Anyone who would like to support the charity can donate through the Pathway Project’s Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/pathwayproject/donate or text PATH07 and the donation amount to 70070.
Cllr Stephen Doyle, Cabinet member for Communities & Wellbeing, said, “This walk is a fun way of raising awareness of domestic violence, as well as raising money for a project which does great work to help and support the victims of domestic abuse.
The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event has been a great success over the last three years and we are hoping that holding it at the same time as the We Love Tamworth event will give even more people the chance to take part this year, raising even more money for the Pathway Project.”
Anyone suffering domestic abuse can contact the Pathway Project on 01543 676800 or go to the website at www.pathway-project.co.uk. Donations to the Pathway Project can also be made online at www.justgiving.com/pathwayproject/Donate.
The Respect Helpline is a confidential service for perpetrators of domestic abuse, which offers information and support to help perpetrators change their behaviour. It can be contacted on 0808 802 4040.
- One in four women and one in six men will experience abuse in their lifetime
- Two women a week are killed in the UK as a result of domestic violence
- 40% of young people have experienced domestic violence in their relationships
- Almost a million children witness domestic violence at home every year in the UK