Mary beats illness for freedom walk

From left, Phil Chandler, Zelia Chandler, Mandy, Victoria Harrold and John Foster.
From left, Phil Chandler, Zelia Chandler, Mandy, Victoria Harrold and John Foster.

A Sutton woman has overcome a debilitating illness to raise funds for a campaign against human trafficking with a sponsored walk.

Mandy Foster took part in the 28 mile walk on Saturday and says she is on target to raise £500 for Hope for Justice, a British non-profit organisation which aims to end human trafficking and modern-day slavery.

Mandy had suffered from chronic fibromyalgia, a condition characterised by chronic widespread pain and a heightened and painful response to pressure, for 17 years, until she recovered in September 2012.

Mandy (47), of Redcliffe Road, was inspired to help the charity after seeing a presentation at the Arena church in Mansfield.

She said: “The fibromyalgia was so bad some days I couldn’t even lift my head off the pillow. I was lucky if I could make it to the bottom of the garden and back. When I recovered I was released from slavery into freedom.

“It was that kind of captivity. I want enslaved people to feel that same sense of freedom. But I will never understand what it is like to be a slave or trafficked.”

Many credits her recovery from the illness to the sessions of healing she received whilst training to be a Christian counsellor in Doncaster.

She said: “God healed the damaged part of me. It released all the tension that is one of the main contributors to fibromyalgia.”

Mary completed the walk with her husband John and three friends. To donate visit www.justgiving.com/walkingforfreedom

For more about the campaign go to www.hopeforjustice.org.uk