Bolton Wanderers recently hosted the launch of local resident Janet Darwell’s fundraising campaign for Bolton based charity Fortalice.
Held at the Reebok Stadium last month, Janet was joined by club chaplain Phil Mason alongside the Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton to officially mark the start of her fundraising.
A keen cyclist of over 35 years who has enjoyed both competitive cycling and touring, she has also participated in time trials and 24 hour endurance events plus having ridden across Europe and also from Land’s End to John O’Groats.
Now however, Janet is set to embark on a different challenge as she bids to walk the Pilgrims Route this month which will take her 500 miles through France and Spain to Santiago de Compostela.
Due to complete the walk with her sister-in-law who is a lifelong runner, Janet is aiming to raise £2,000 for Fortalice, a local charity which was established in 1977 to provide emergency accommodation and a range of support services for women, children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse.
The organisation’s refuge centre can accommodate 22 women with or without children and their support centre offers help to over 1000 women and young people throughout the year.
Janet’s donations will be used to set up a counselling service for younger children from the age of four upwards who have suffered trauma through domestic abuse – something that is not readily available in the Bolton area.