Tough challenges for charity fundraisers - The Leamington Observer

Tough challenges for charity fundraisers

Leamington Editorial 3rd Jul, 2024   0

HARDY fundraisers are taking on some daunting challenges with a smile.

The CEO and deputy CEO of the Stratford-based charity Escape Arts are tackling ‘Miles for Smiles’ to raise vital funds to support the charity’s creative health programmes for adults and young people.

Escape Arts brings people together through creativity to address isolation, improve wellbeing and build strong, vibrant, inclusive and happy communities. Since 1997, the charity has supported thousands of people across Warwickshire,

CEO Karen Williams recently took on the Lake District’s Coniston Lake Chillswim, a challenging end-to-end 5.25 mile swim of the lake, and deputy CEO Niamh Oldham will soon be setting off to walk the 109 mile Cleveland Way.

Karen said: “Swimming Coniston Lake was an incredible experience. It did get quite tough at the four-mile point, but we kept going and there was great support and camaraderie all around.”

The funds raised through the challenges will support a 12-week mental health programme, exploring how arts and health are closely linked to improving wellbeing.

Anyone who would like to support Escape Arts by donating to Karen and Niamh’s fundraising can do so at


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