Tom Benyon OBE, founder of the charity ZANE, outside the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King in Liverpool
It’s the final day of the 2017 ZANE fundraising walk. Already Tom and Jane Benyon have walked well over a hundred miles in just twelve days.
We find the couple in a pub – not slumped, but slightly crumpled… nine-miles-on-hot-pavement crumpled.
We are fresh from the car and springy. This does not last long.
This might give an idea of how hot it is – Stonehenge, England
Today one man and his wife start their walk to raise money for strangers many miles away.
It’s hot and it’s humid in England – the Istanbul side of warm – but that won’t stop them. As the rest of us flop in the shade they are off on their 142 mile walk. The route is from one side of the country to the other, and the aim is to raise money for those upturned by Zimbabwe’s waves of chaos.
Rest point on a ZANE fundraising walk
Tom Benyon OBE has returned from a trip to Zimbabwe where he met many of those who work for, and who support, the charity he founded – ZANE (Zimbabwe a National Emergency).
He describes his recent trip as mixture of sadness and joy.
Tom Benyon OBE (ZANE), his wife Jane and their dog Leah, reach the end of their 2013 fundraising walk for ZANE
(March 2015: Relaunch of a piece about the end of ZANE’s 2013 walk.)
He hit the finish at pace. Tom Benyon OBE, his wife Jane and dog Leah strode the final mile to the Martyrs’ Memorial in Oxford in full sunshine and right on schedule.
They had covered well over two hundred and fifty miles on foot from Holyhead to Oxford and they had raised, again, thousands of pounds for the bereft in Zimbabwe.
Tom Benyon OBE and his wife Jane on the last day of their walk from York to Canterbury 2012
(March 2015: Relaunch of a piece about plans for ZANE’s 2013 walk.)
Help! He’s at it again – Tom Benyon OBE, a man in his prime, is about to set off on another charity walk.
The route, programmed to take less than a month, is Holyhead to Oxford – just under 280 miles.
Tom and Jane Benyon of ZANE, and fellow hikers, preparing to leave York on their 2012 fundraising walk to Canterbury
Old blog-posts can be brought out into the light by re-publishing. It’s worth it if they’re about anything as important and excellent as ZANE (Zimbabwe a National Emergency).
ZANE is a small, UK-based charity that puts its heart into raising money for the team on the ground in Zimbabwe who care for some of the country’s most destitute and vulnerable.
I first met the UK ZANE team in 2012. At the time I was a fledgling blogger who hardly understood which way was up. I’m slightly better now and keen to try to do more justice to ZANE.
One slight problem – re-blogging is not as easy as I thought it would be.
Tom Benyon OBE and his wife Jane arrive in Canterbury at the end of their 2012 fundraising walk for ZANE
(March 2015: Relaunch of a piece about the end of ZANE’s 2012 walk.)
Tom Benyon OBE and his wife Jane, both long-distance fundraising walkers for ZANE, are not a pair of ‘big’ people. The couple are physically quite small.
But they have covered between them over a thousand miles on behalf of Zimbabwe A National Emergency (ZANE).