Two brave women are currently running the 400 miles from Edinburgh to London in aid of Ella’s Home, a place for women who have been trafficked and sexually exploited here in the UK.
The run named, ‘Ella’s Homerun’ will take Emily Chalke (aged 32) and Rachel Price (aged 24) 16 days to complete, running between 20-30 miles a day which will average at a marathon a day. Along the arduous route, the women will be giving talks to local communities to educate and raise awareness of the issues around sexual exploitation and trafficking here in the UK.
Rachel and Emily have been through rigorous training for the past nine months with physiotherapists and an endurance trainer to mentally and physically prepare them for the ultimate stamina test. They will eat hourly, and ensure a solid night’s sleep for recovery, which AirBnB hosts have kindly sponsored throughout the entire trip, each night in a different location.
Supporters can follow the women’s progress and donate on www.ellashomerun.com, Twitter @ellashomerun and Instagram #ellashomerun. Their epic journey will reach its crescendo on Sunday 21st June where the women have invited local communities and running clubs to join their last 5 and 10km from North London to Shoreditch Park, East London.
All proceeds of Ella’s Home Run will go into Ella’s Home which aims to empower women who have been affected by trafficking and/or sexual exploitation by offering safe accommodation and rehabilitative services. The home intends to open in Summer 2015. Ella’s Home intends to address the current challenge of the limited provision of aftercare services in the UK for women exiting trafficking & sexual exploitation.
The money raised from Ella’s Home Run will go towards supporting a place where the women will be able to find a sense of community, gain skills, seek employment and most importantly have the time and space to recover from their past experiences. Funds are required to ensure that the home can operate and cater to the needs of the women.
Emily Chalke, Ella’s Home Project Director said:
“I’ve seen the devastating impact on women when support is unavailable to them, they’ve been through something horrific and then had to suffer all over again because there is nowhere safe for them to be and to recover. This tragically also includes several British women, such as one English woman who made contact with me a couple of months ago, having spent the last year on the run trying to escape the gang who trafficked her. She feels she has nowhere safe in London.
We are taking on the challenge of this run to ensure women have a place when they need it most.”