Put on your fancy frock and join Northumberland woman on fund-raising walk

Emily McDonaugh has been getting some strange looks on her daily walk along the Northumberland coast recently.

By Ian Smith
Thursday, 24th June 2021, 12:27 pm

The Longhoughton mum decided that as she approached her 40th birthday she would take on 40 walks between Howick and Craster wearing 40 frocks.

“I’ve been getting quite a few funny looks but it’s been a great experience and I have met some wonderful people,” she said.

It’s all for a good cause too and Emily is already well on the way to hitting her £600 fund-raising target for All Call Signs, a charity which supports the military community.

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Emily McDonaugh on one of her fund-raising walks.

“During lockdown I think everyone’s mental health has been affected, across all walks of life,” said Emily. “I’m a veteran’s wife myself – my husband worked at RAF Boulmer – so it’s a cause close to my heart.

"All Call Signs provides fantastic support to the military community across a wide range of mental health issues.”

Its goal is to use technology and the power of community to improve the mental health of servicemen, women and veterans. The hope is that this will manifest in a healthier, happier life for individuals suffering with mental health issues and will reduce the number of self-harm incidents and suicides in the military community.

"So if you see me looking mad walking along the cliffs please know it’s for a brilliant cause and if you can please give a few pounds to keep me focused,” said Emily.

Her final walk is on Thursday, July 1 and she is encouraging others to join her in their own fancy frock.

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Emily McDonaugh on one of her 40 coastal walks.