By Tom Winnifrith | Saturday 27 April 2019
As you read this my feet are suffering as I undertake my first training walk here in the Grim North. I am at 15.5 of 24 miles, the wind is howling, the rain driving and it is very cold. The weather is atrocious but I shall plod on, heading back from the Bickerton Poacher, where I enjoy a brief rest, to the Welsh hovel. Because Woodlarks is a great cause. And the real test, the 33 mile Rogue Bloggers for Woodlarks walk on May 25 – four weeks away.
Last year four of us started the walk and three (myself, Lucian Miers and Brokerman Dan) completed it. This year we have nine walkers, eight for the whole march through the Surrey countryside and one (Darren Atwater) for the last ten miles. We do it not to torture ourselves for it is torture but for money. And that is where you come in.
Last year we raised £26,000 (£32,000 with gift aid) for the Woodlarks Camp. It is an amazing charity which managed to get buy last year with total costs of just £115,000. But that meant NOT doing things it really should be doing. Our walk helped a lot but we want to help more.
I first got involved with the folks at Woodlarks more than 15 years ago thanks to an amazing man called Jamie. He had severe Cerebral Palsy, had been let down by his local council so we helped raise money to get him equipment allowing him to communicate. Jamie is sadly no longer with us but he loved Woodlarks. I will never forget playing chess with him there. Woodlarks provides a unique facility allowing severely handicapped folks a really special holiday they would otherwise go without.
It is not a fashionable charity but that is all the more reason to support it.
So far this year we have raised 33% of our target which is £40,000. But we have a number of pledges to collect which would leave us at almost £20,000 raised. But I will not stop pestering you until we hit that £40,000 mark. So please:
In advance I thank you. Now back to freezing Cheshire countryside
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