2 August 2016
The plight of refugees inspired David Farrow to start an incredible fundraising challenge. His quest took him into storms, up mountains – and pushed him to the brink.
When David saw the shocking images of Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian boy who drowned in 2015, he was determined to do something to help refugees.
David pledged to walk 4,350 kilometres – the distance between Damascus and London – in solidarity with people seeking safety. He has finally completed the challenge, using his walk to raise more than £6,800 for our Europe Refugee Crisis Appeal.
Commuting in the rain
The 30-year-old medical photographer from Reigate set himself a tough physical challenge.
He walked the 24-mile round trip to work and back every day. And there was no time for him to put his feet up at the weekend. These were spent doing long-distance “top-up” walks to make up the distance.
With most of his challenge taking place through the winter, David endured Storm Desmond, driving rain, disorientating fog and 45mph gales as well as several injuries.
Reflecting on the difficulties he faced, David said: “There’s nothing I’ve done that is comparable to what people in the refugee crisis are going through. If I was actually in their situation I don’t know how I’d cope.
“I’m so happy with the amount I’ve raised because it will be used to provide food, water and medical care to the refugees in Europe and the surrounding countries who are caught up in this crisis.”
An incredible achievement
Alex Fraser, our head of refugee support, said: “We are all so grateful to David. What an incredible achievement – the compassion and determination he has demonstrated through this great action of solidarity is an inspiration to us all.
“No one chooses to become a refugee and hopefully David's actions will help build understanding and inspire others to lend their support, encourage more acts of kindness and continue to raise awareness. Together we can help those who have suffered so much already to rebuild their lives.
“Thank you, David and I hope you manage to get a well-deserved rest – you have certainly earned it!”