“Everyone who has been affected should feel heard and supported,” said a woman who will be climbing three mountains in 24-hours to raise money for a sexual abuse survival charity.

Michelle Brown, from Wallingford, is taking on the Three Peaks 24-hour challenge with her brother on the September 17 Warwickshire charity, Safeline.

The challenge includes climbing the highest mountains of England, Scotland and Wales within 24 hours.

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Ms Brown, who will be taking part in the challenge with her brother Max, decided to raise money for Safeline, a specialist sexual violence and abuse charity led by the needs of its clients.

“Sexual violence or abuse has not always been the easiest topic of conversation but yet it impacts so many people and their world around them,” said Ms Brown. “One in four women.

“One in five men. One in 10 children. The narrative has changed, and together, we can continue to create change and help those affected feel empowered and break the cycle.

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“When researching the organisations within the UK, I immediately gravitated towards Safeline's message of inclusivity and commitment towards education and prevention, which I believe will be key for systemic change and reducing sexual violence or abuse for future generations. 

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“Everyone who has been affected should feel heard and supported, and at any time. I am honoured to be able to help support the great work that they do and build awareness.”

At the start of 2022, the brother and sister duo set a challenge for themselves to climb the UK National Three Peaks in the space of 24 hours and realised this test was the perfect opportunity for them to give back to their communities.

Mr Brown’s trek is in aid of StreetDoctors – a charity that empowers young people affected by violence to keep themselves and others safe.

“StreetDoctors and Safeline have separate missions, however, they share a united vision to change people’s lives by supporting and empowering those affected,” the two shared on their joint JustGiving page, Sibling Stompers.

Oxford Mail: Michelle Brown after climbing Pen Y Fan in WalesMichelle Brown after climbing Pen Y Fan in Wales

Setting a target of £1000 for each charity, so far, the duo has raised £375, with £240 raised for Safeline.

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In preparation for the challenge, the two have trekked numerous natural hot spots, including the Brecon Beacons Horseshoe Ridge and Snowdonia.

Safeline is “very grateful” for Ms Brown’s support and are excited to see her taking on the challenge.

A spokesperson said: “It’s fantastic of Michelle to think of us in this way and it helps us to spread awareness about the work we do in and around the local area.”

To donate, visit: justgiving.com/fundraising/michelle-brown109


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This story was written by Gee Harland, she joined the team in 2022 as a senior multimedia reporter.

Gee covers Wallingford, Wantage and Didcot.

Get in touch with her by emailing: Gee.harland@newsquest.co.uk

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