Spurred on by John Bercow’s good wishes.

John Bercow at 2014 Fete opt

Hardly seems possible that its just over a week since John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, came to open our Vana Trust Summer Fete.  He was impressed by the Farm and wished us well for our 10th Anniversary Charity Walk.  To see other images from the Fete just click on this post.

Its Official – Past the halfway mark.


As Thandi put it “Its official, we’ve broken the halfway barrier… We’ve finished counting up and let the count down begin ~ all the way to London… ”  Click on this post to see some of the lovely goats on our the farm which we are raising funds for.  With new animal stabling and feed stores we can help more children and adults with conditions such as autism.

The Swan At Streatley hospitality much appreciated by our Charity Walk Team

On another lovely day.  I was thrilled to be joined by my daughter.  We stopped for much needed refreshments and were so well looked after by the lovely people at The Swan At Streatley who kindly tweeted out their support for our walk.

Looking ahead and why we are doing this


Having had a tremendous start to the walk with so many friends and supports joining us and some generous donations we are much encouraged.  We are looking forward to seeing even more of you in the 2nd week of our challenge.   In our 10th year, we know what a difference the farm has made and would really like to help even more children and adults.  With your generosity we can get more animal stabling and feed stores which will open up exciting new possibilities .  Here is a photo of some of our farm’s new arrivals.


Farm Manager joins Farm Founder on Charity Walk

Sharon Nyasha on Walk

It was wonderful to be joined by Sharon Callow, Farm Manager of Vana Organic Farm that we are raising funds for.  We met up at Tadpole Bridge on the Newbridge to Lechlade stretch of the walk. It was very picturesque and rich with wildlife.  On the plus side were the bright blue dragonflies and butterflies.   Not so welcome were the horseflies that loved biting us !!!

A welcome boost through encouragement from Dawn French

Yesterday, following my arrival in Oxford, I went to see Dawn French’s Show ‘Thirty Million Minutes’ which is a deeply touching story of her life which had me laughing and crying in equal measure. Talking to Dawn after the show, we updated her on the progress of our charity walk. She was clearly very supportive about our aims and indicated that she was seriously considering joining us on the walk.

Dawn French Walk Montage

Walk inspires generous donations

Its the hottest day of the year and I am approaching Oxford on Day 4 of my challenge.  I am spurred on by the news that our supporters are donating generously.   I am especially grateful to long-time supporter, Mutsa Mandizha, who has given a very generous offline donation of £200 which all helps towards achieving the walk’s goals to buy new animal stabling and a feed store for the Vana Trust Organic Farm.