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The barefoot champion is back!

Jamie Thomson completed his first barefoot walk in North Wales, UK in May last year – and raised over US$3,300 for Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation! It was such a positive experience he decided to do it again!

A new challenge

In May this year, Jamie and his parents and sister challenged themselves to walk a 31 mile section of the Shropshire Way, near where Jamie grew up. Jamie says, β€œI trained for about three months, so that my feet would be up to the challenge. At first, the weather did not look promising but we ended up having plenty of sunshine.

Jamie Thomson walk 1500x1000 1 | Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation | Together we can eradicate obstetric fistula in Ethiopia.

The path took us through the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – a well-deserved name. I read Healing Lives by Sue Williams during the walk, which kept me motivated and focused. It’s a great book to learn about obstetric fistula in Ethiopia, the great work pioneered by the Hamlins and the amazing ongoing care provided by Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia.

Finishing in good spirits

I completed 37 miles barefoot over 6 days and my feet were still in good shape at the end! Most importantly, I raised over US$4,600 for Hamlin, which I’m so pleased about.”

Congratulations and thank you, Jamie. We can’t wait to see what you do next! You can challenge yourself and walk in solidarity with Ethiopian women by either joining a fun run or simply walking with your friends and family when and where it suits you.


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Photography credits to Cameron Bloom, Nigel Brennan, Mary F. Calvert, Kate Geraghty, Amber Hooper, Joni Kabana, Johannes Remling and Martha Tadesse.

Patient names have been changed to protect the identities of those we help.