Baroness Martha Lane Fox CBE treks Hadrian's Wall to raise more than £87,000
Ten years ago Baroness Martha Lane FoxCBEhad a serious car accident. Overcoming her life-threatening injuries, she has since campaigned tirelessly for digital inclusion and is now patron of AbilityNet – a charity that helps disabled people use computers and the internet.
To mark the tenth anniversary of her accident Martha undertook a 50 mile fundraising walk along Hadrian’s Wall this May.
Smashing an initial target of £50,000, her five-day walk has now raised more than £83,000 for three charities. AbilityNet is one of the charities benefitting from her fundraising, with funds also being distributed among Aspire and CES UK. They are all charities that support orthopaedic and neurological trauma.
Championing digital inclusion in the UK
A philanthropist and businesswoman, Martha co-founded the hugely successful Lastminute.com in the early 2000s. She has subsequently served on several public service digital projects and in 2010, in recognition of her digital expertise, was appointed by the government as UK Digital Champion.
Adapting technology – changing lives
AbilityNet helps people with disabling conditions overcome many of the limiting effects of their condition through the use of personalised and accessible ICT.
Monies raised by fundraisers such as Martha Lane Fox helps fund free computer support services to help those with disabilities. Specifically, it provides, free of charge, a helpline for IT-related questions, factsheets, IT support at home and guides.
Dr Michael R Taylor, chairman of AbilityNet praised her efforts: “‘Martha is a tireless campaigner for digital inclusion and her story is an inspiration to us all. We are proud that she is our patron and very grateful that she has chosen to raise money for AbilityNet from her amazing efforts. "
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Since launching in 2011, the website team here at MyDonate has worked closely with AbilityNet to make our fundraising site accessible for all. As a result, our website has been AbilityNet accredited.
Martha’s trek has raised an astonishing £73,000 so far. With Gift Aid collected by MyDonate this has been boosted to £87,000.