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Julia Doherty's Fundraising Page for SHOUT

Julia Doherty

Julia Doherty

My Story

Why am I raising money for SHOUT?

  • Having raised the money to self-fund my upcoming PCT hike in 2023, I am keen to make this challenge mean something more than just another adventure. I have decided to support a charity that is close to my heart.
  • Without going into too much detail, I have seen the effects of depression, anxiety and even attempted suicide with close friends and family. The SHOUT service literally saved the life of a person that I care deeply about and for this reason I feel that I need to do my bit to give back.
  • The pandemic has escalated bad mental health, loneliness, feeling overwhelmed, and suicide. Even if I don't reach my financial goal, then I am keen to raise awareness about the simple but effective service as it may just save someone else's life. 

The Challenge

In April 2023 I will fly out to California where I will start the biggest challenge of my life. The Pacific Crest Trail is 2,650 miles long (4,265 kilometres. It starts at the Mexican border in California and ends in Canada. If you have seen the film "Wild" with Reece Witherspoon then you will know which challenge I am talking about.

 

My plan is to complete the first 702 miles from April to June 2023. I will be leaving the UK as a solo female hiker with all my kit on my back and will be 52 years of age when I take my first steps in California.

The first section from Campo to Kennedy Meadows will take approximately 2-3 months of walking where the weather ranges from 44 °C in the desert to battling through the snow in temperatures under -6 °C.

I will sleep in my tent in the wilderness for the larger part of the journey (keeping costs low), but once in a while, I will enter towns along the trail and spend a civilised night in a motel or hostel.

Battles to overcome…

Of all the things to be scared of on the PCT, bears and mountain lions are the least of my worries. Lightning strikes and wild snow storms will have me running for cover; rattlesnakes make frequent appearances and butt chafe might strike at any moment (so I'm told!).

My intention is to blog and produce a video series about the journey whilst fundraising and raising awareness of SHOUT.

 

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Funded

  • Target
    £2,000
  • Raised so far
    £719
  • Number of donors
    12

My Story

Why am I raising money for SHOUT?

  • Having raised the money to self-fund my upcoming PCT hike in 2023, I am keen to make this challenge mean something more than just another adventure. I have decided to support a charity that is close to my heart.
  • Without going into too much detail, I have seen the effects of depression, anxiety and even attempted suicide with close friends and family. The SHOUT service literally saved the life of a person that I care deeply about and for this reason I feel that I need to do my bit to give back.
  • The pandemic has escalated bad mental health, loneliness, feeling overwhelmed, and suicide. Even if I don't reach my financial goal, then I am keen to raise awareness about the simple but effective service as it may just save someone else's life. 

The Challenge

In April 2023 I will fly out to California where I will start the biggest challenge of my life. The Pacific Crest Trail is 2,650 miles long (4,265 kilometres. It starts at the Mexican border in California and ends in Canada. If you have seen the film "Wild" with Reece Witherspoon then you will know which challenge I am talking about.

 

My plan is to complete the first 702 miles from April to June 2023. I will be leaving the UK as a solo female hiker with all my kit on my back and will be 52 years of age when I take my first steps in California.

The first section from Campo to Kennedy Meadows will take approximately 2-3 months of walking where the weather ranges from 44 °C in the desert to battling through the snow in temperatures under -6 °C.

I will sleep in my tent in the wilderness for the larger part of the journey (keeping costs low), but once in a while, I will enter towns along the trail and spend a civilised night in a motel or hostel.

Battles to overcome…

Of all the things to be scared of on the PCT, bears and mountain lions are the least of my worries. Lightning strikes and wild snow storms will have me running for cover; rattlesnakes make frequent appearances and butt chafe might strike at any moment (so I'm told!).

My intention is to blog and produce a video series about the journey whilst fundraising and raising awareness of SHOUT.

 

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