Helping some of the most vulnerable
Blackpool woman Michelle Crane has really been making strides to help children in war-torn countries.
She took part in a fundraising walk from London to Brighton, a total of 100km, which took more than 30 hours – with no sleep.
The actress and former Highfield High School pupil was raising money for WarChild, the charity which helps families, communities and schools torn apart by war.
Michelle was born and lived most of her life in Blackpool and her family still live in the area, but she now lives in London after moving there to attend drama school.
She took part in the charity trek with a friend and has so far raised close to £800.
Michelle, 31, said: “London to Brighton is a 100km route organised by a company called Ultra Challenge.
“I signed up to the event to not only challenge myself, but raise money for a great charity.
“I’d previously done two night-walk marathons around London and run the London Royal Parks half marathon.
“This struck me as my next big challenge and a chance to raise money for a great charity.
“With so many worthy charities doing amazing work, it’s difficult to chose one to fundraise for.
“WarChild stood out to me, as I work with children.
“They give vital help to children who have tragically lost their families, communities and schools due to war.
“WarChild believes every child has a right to an education and a life away from violence – the work they do globally is very inspiring.
“The route itself was very tough, more so than I anticipated.
“It took 30 hours and 57 minutes – walking with no sleep breaks, just rest stops.
“Luckily, I walked with my friend Dani and we helped each other – but I really think it was her helping me much more.
“She used to be a professional ballet dancer, so she could power through the foot pain and she gave me the motivation to finish.
“There was quite a large climb and we battled through night-time woodlands and beastly blisters.
“I’m delighted we managed to finish and that I’ve raised over £790 for WarChild so far.
“I would love to raise even more for them – any donations would be very gratefully received.
“People will be giving help to some of the most vulnerable young people in the world.”
• To support Michelle’s efforts, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Michelle-Crane1
• Find out more about the charity at www.warchild.org.uk