High Sheriff of Northamptonshire and husband to trek 30 miles in fundraiser for care leavers

The couple will cover around 10 miles each day

By Carly Odell
Monday, 28th March 2022, 1:03 pm

The High Sheriff of Northamptonshire will trek 30 miles across the county over three days to help care leavers.

Amanda Lowther, DL and her husband Hugh Lowther will be taking part in a three-day trek, covering around 30 miles of the Jurassic Way to raise money for the High Sheriff Bursary Fund, which is managed by Northamptonshire Community Foundation.

Amanda and her husband will set off on their trek starting from Sibbertoft on Tuesday (March 29).

Amanda Lowther and her husband Hugh will be walking 30 miles in three days.

The journey will see them pass through Braybrooke, Cottingham and Welland Valley and end in Gretton on Thursday (March 31), which will mark the year anniversary of Amanda becoming High Sheriff of Northamptonshire.

Amanda, who has lived in Northamptonshire for over 33 years said: “I decided on a trek as both my husband and I are keen walkers and I wanted to do something that involved both ends of the county.

“I originally wanted to complete a longer walk but time constraints did not allow it.

“I thought that a three-day trek would still be a challenge as my husband and I are both in our 60s and would be covering around 10 miles a day.

“I am hoping we meet lots of people on our walk and encourage them to get involved.”

The Northamptonshire High Sheriff Bursary Fund, is a bursary scheme providing individual awards for the purpose of increasing employability for Care Leavers graduating from the University of Northampton, to have a meaningful impact on an individual’s future education, employment, aspirations and quality of life.

The bursary aims to help disadvantaged students with costs such as attending their Graduation Ceremony, purchasing appropriate clothes suitable for the work place and interviews, and being able to travel to prospective employers to help ease the transition from education into their chosen careers.

The High Sheriff Bursary Fund was established by Caroline Brocklehurst DL in her year as High Sheriff 2016-17 to support the University of Northampton and students in financial hardship.

Northamptonshire Community Foundation has worked alongside the University of Northampton to ensure that the fund does not duplicate other bursaries and fills a gap and need in hardship funding.

Amanda added: “I wanted to do something to support Northamptonshire Community Foundation.

“I have only recently found out about the High Sheriff Bursary Fund and I love everything it stands for.

“My focus this year as High Sheriff has been on supporting those young people, from school age to university leavers who are disadvantaged, particularly due to the pandemic.

“I wanted to raise money for a particular cause and I chose the High Sheriff Bursary Fund, as I feel care leavers’ chances in life are particularly challenged.

“Anything that can help them to get a foot on the employment ladder can only be a good thing.

“I hope that the trek promotes and raises money for the High Sheriff Bursary Fund as a little can go a long way.

“Even being able to attend the graduation ceremony is a very important moment at that stage in life.”

Donations to Amanda’s trek can be made on her JustGiving page here.