Elizabeth Bowes, a social activist and supporter of Bethany Christian Trust, raised £955 in funds for charity while marking an impressive challenge off her bucket-list: completing a 26-mile marathon on Mount Kilimanjaro.

The Kilimanjaro run was also in honour of her 40th birthday, proving that age is just a number, though her efforts were sparked with a desire to raise donations for both Bethany and Destiny Church charities she has committed to raise funds for through each run she participates in.

The run starts in the town of Moshi and leads up into villages in the foot hills of Mount Kilimanjaro, running through coffee and banana plantations. After training hard and mentally preparing for the humidity and steepness of the marathon, Elizabeth finished strong.

When she is not running, Elizabeth volunteers to provide food, drink and shelter through Bethany Christian Trust for people who sleep rough in Edinburgh. She is also a social action coordinator for Destiny Angels with Destiny Church.

I have a real heart for community transformation. I want to help people where they’re at, whether that be vulnerable women, homeless people or those suffering with addiction. There were certainly some tough moments, but remembering the charities I was running for made me keep going!

Here at Bethany we are grateful for supporters like Elizabeth who will go the extra mile, or in this case 26 miles, to help us provide vital services to end homelessness in Scotland.