‘We regularly stop traffic!’ Intrepid Sarita, 87, embarks on three-mile hike for charity

Sarita Adamson on her hike. Photographs: David Harrison
18 May 2020 @ 12.17 pm
| Charity

Three cheers for Sarita Adamson – a remarkable York woman who won’t let things like the coronavirus slow her down.

Sarita celebrated her 87th birthday yesterday (Sunday), and despite mobility problems she has set out on a three-mile hike to raise funds for Christian Aid.

She has lived in the South Bank area of the city for more than four decades and is a familiar sight delivering collection envelopes during Christian Aid week.

The Covid-19 pandemic paid to the house-to-house collections this year, but Sarita was determined to continue raising funds for the good cause.

Her five-kilometre (3.1 mile) hike around her neighbourhood has already raised more than £400 for Christian Aid.

Getting more confident

No stopping Sarita

Sarita began venturing out for short rambles, with the aid of a walker, after developing problems with her hips, caused by being isolated and housebound during lockdown.

After initially walking around 20 metres to the end of her road and back a physio friend advised her to get out and about more often – and once she got going there was no stopping her.

Friend Jo Dalgleish has been accompanying Sarita on her walks.

Jo said: “She did the bottom of the street and back – 40 metres – for a few days, then began getting more confident and wanted to go a little more every day

“After a week we made it to the corner shop. It made her happy as she saw people she knew as they were out shopping.

She saw someone from church and they suggested she turn it into a sponsored walk for Christian Aid, as they are not delivering envelopes through doors this year and Sarita is a dedicated member of St Chad’s.

“We began with a target of one kilometre as she was doing approx 100 metres per day, but she got the bit between her teeth and after two days she had already passed that – so her target now is five kilometres.”

‘She is going so fast now’

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Her efforts bring to mind Yorkshire-born Captain Tom Moore, the 100-year-old veteran who raised more than £30m for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his home.

Sarita said:

  • I walk a little further each day. The pavements are very uneven and I’ve never used a frame before, so we have to walk on the road.

    We regularly stop traffic! The frame is now decorated to tell people what we are doing and it has a little basket attached to the front that people can throw money into.

Jo added: “The people of Southbank have been really supportive.

“Every day people throw money into her basket and sometimes have to chase her up the road as she is going so fast now.

“Every night – and now in the morning too – she is in pain from the extra walking, but she is determined to carry on and says her breathing, as well as her walking, has improved.”

Donations can be made through the Christian Aid website, at St Chad’s vicarage or into St Chad’s bank account: sort code 405240; number 00030418