Mayor walks to raise thousands for Refuge charity

The Mayor of Hounslow let her feet do the walking as she pounded the streets of London in aid of the fight against domestic violence.

Published: Thursday, 14th September 2017

Image of Cllr Sue Sampson and fellow charity walkers.

The Mayor of Hounslow let her feet do the walking as she pounded the streets of London in aid of the fight against domestic violence.

Councillor Sue Sampson took part in the Walk4Refuge on Saturday [9 September], which saw her joining other walkers in crossing four of London’s iconic bridges, Tower Bridge, Southwark Bridge, Millennium Bridge and Westminster Bridge.

Cllr Sampson said: “It was a fantastic event and one I truly enjoyed being part of because it is such an important cause that we must keep working to raise awareness of.

“Domestic violence took the life of my sister 41 years ago when she was only 23 years old. But I was hearing stories from other walkers about how they have lost a loved one and children, friends or someone they know in the same or similar circumstances more recently.

“I can’t believe I am still listening to such horrific events concerning domestic violence. It means it is still going on and it is something we must strive to stop.

“In a lot of the cases I heard the trigger point escalation was when the partner decides to leave, like it was for my sister. It makes me more determined to raise awareness and fund the work that needs to be done in order for us to live in a world free of domestic violence.”

Details of how to donate to the Mayor’s Walk4Refuge can be found here