By Tom Winnifrith | Tuesday 24 July 2018
Sunday was my last big training walk – 22, 23 or 24 miles in the Somerset hills. I am not sure how long it was as the signs were dreadful and I got a bit lost. But I made it and feel confident that this Saturday coming up I can do the 32 miles from Horse Hill to Woodlarks with fellow rogue bloggers Brokerman Dan and Lucian Miers.
Many of you have already sponsored us and to you I say thank you. We have now raised £18,000 of our £20,000 target.
As a reminder, Woodlarks runs a camp that provides holidays for severely handicapped individuals. I got involved with the folks here some 17 years ago when my daughter was born at 26 weeks weighing just 1lb 4 oz and we were told there was a good chance she would have cerebral palsy.
She does not. But when I wrote about how that felt I was contacted by a reader, Nick Richards, who looked after kids with CP. Nick is Mr Woodlarks and a truly good and heroic man.
Last year Woodlarks had income of just £126,500 – less than the salary of the disgraced ex CEO of Oxfam. Woodlarks ran a small deficit in 2017 but knows that is not sustainable so it needs more cash to survive and to do capital works that it has had to postpone due to its funding position.
This is an amazing charity and I hope that if you have not yet donated you will consider my forthcoming agony on Saturday and make a contribution now. The sums we are raising will, for this unfashionable but wonderful, charity really make a difference.
Once again, I thank you if you have or if you will donate.
PS The training walk yesterday is written up HERE