Walking the Chilterns for Chaparda – Nalini Persaud takes a seven-mile stroll to raise funds for Mukti Trust

I had volunteered for Mukti Trust in Chaparda in 2008, so when one of the trustees told me about a sponsored walk here in Britain, I said yes immediately. Having experienced first-hand the good work the charity does, I wanted to continue to make a contribution. The ‘fun walk’ was a great way of raising money and awareness for the charity, as well as an enjoyable afternoon making friends and getting some exercise.

The route was a seven-mile stretch along the Chess Valley – just north of London, but it feels a million miles away. The beautiful Chiltern countryside was bathed in glorious sunshine as I walked with three other women I’d never met before, chatting, laughing and getting to know each other. We took our time doing the trail, stopping to relax and eat lunch at a beautiful spot overlooking the river.

By the end, we’d enjoyed each other’s company so much we decided to go for a celebratory cake and coffee – much needed after walking seven miles! It was a lovely ending to a lovely day. Not only had we raised money for Mukti Trust, but we’d made new friends. It was the perfect way to spend a warm Sunday afternoon.