Every year, dozens of women take to New Hampshire’s White Mountains for Wilderness Heals, a three-day weekend of hiking in support of victims of abusive relationships. This year Melrosian Jayne Lynch will be among the 60 hikers seeking to spur much-needed donations Friday through Sunday, July 19 through 21.

“We’re raising money for the Elizabeth Stone House, which helps to support mostly women and children who have been in abusive relationships,” said Lynch. “It’s my first time participating. I have sponsored friends who have done it in the past.”

Lynch will be hiking with her college roommate and fellow teacher Linda Vincent. Dealing with the repercussions of abuse is part of the job.

“I think everybody knows somebody who has been in a situation they didn’t know how to get out of, or maybe they wanted to ask for help but didn’t know how,” Lynch said. “We both see the effects of trauma on families. This is a great opportunity to raise the money to support them.”

Organizers hope to surpass last year’s total donations, an impressive $200,000. That money goes to support victims of abusive relationships through Stone House services, including its shelter, counseling, financial literacy classes, and all kinds of miscellaneous expenses.

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