Anne Youngman went ULTRA for Bats without Borders!
We’re proud to introduce Anne Youngman, a dedicated Bats without Borders volunteer who took on an incredible challenge. Anne ran an overnight 45-mile ultramarathon, to raise vital funds for bat conservation and to highlight the crucial role these often-misunderstood animals play within an ecosystem.
Read her story and donate here
Anne’s commitment to this cause is inspiring, she trained (in all weather conditions!) to prepare for the physical and mental demands of running an ultramarathon. She took on parts of The St Cuthbert's Way, which is a historic trail that runs through the Scottish Borders and Northumberland in the United Kingdom. The hilly 45-mile route is particularly demanding, with steep ascents and descents, rocky terrain, and unpredictable weather conditions. And she had a bat detector attached to her backpack to record bat calls as she ran through the night!
Anne started the challenge at sunset (10pm) in Melrose, Scotland on Friday 23 June. 45 miles and a border crossing later, she finished in Wooler, England Saturday morning.
Anne took on this personal challenge in the hope of not only raising much-needed funds for bat conservation but also raising awareness about the threats facing these incredible animals and the urgent need for action to protect them.
She needs your help, Anne is asking firstly, if you could consider sponsoring one of the 45 miles of her journey (please back this old bat!) and secondly, to help her spread the word, tell your family and friends about what she's doing, anyone who is interested in bat or nature conservation or anyone who simply enjoys being outside in a beautiful environment. Thank you so much!
Why Fundraise for Bats without Borders
Bats are an incredibly important, and much misunderstood, group of mammals that are vulnerable to human impacts. They are a critical species in the ecosystems in which they live - controlling insect pests, pollinating plants and dispersing seeds.
Sadly, Africa is considered a bat conservation void and bats are largely unprotected outside of protected areas. Habitat loss, land degradation and persecution are major threats to bat populations.
Every single cent and penny raised makes a difference to bats... we’re on the ground conserving, engaging and inspiring people across southern Africa.