By Tom Winnifrith | Thursday 23 May 2019
Rogue Bloggers for Woodlarks gets bigger by the day - do you fancy joining us even for the last few miles?
Suzannah Miers is the daughter of Lucian, 28 and is training for the three peaks challenge. So Horse Hill to Woodlarks is a stroll in the park for her. But she will amble along as Andrew Monk whinges, 76 year old Brian Basham battles on (he stresses he never wheezes) , Andrew Bell grumbles and I struggle to keep up. And now we have a second female Rogue Blogger, Suzannah's mate Jamie Ungless.
How about you join us for part of the walk? I have had enquiries and we have pit-stops at 18 miles (lunch), and 23 and 27 miles (pubs). If you want to join us at any point email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can add you to the team. Already 14 of us are set to cross the line at c7.30 PM on Saturday. All that I ask is that you ask a few folks to sponsor you and you'd be more than welcome.
But now we are 14. And so far we have raised just under £45,000. Our target is £50,000.
Woodlarks is an amazing, but incredibly unfashionable, charity. If you give £10,000 to an organisation like Guide Dogs for the Blind or the RSPCA it makes no difference. Give £100 to Woodlarks and it will help change a life. And that is why TOMORROW I shall be walking the 33 miles from Horse Hill to the Woodlarks camp site.
Last year four of us started the walk and three (myself, Lucian Miers and Brokerman Dan) completed it. This year we have 14 walkers, 13 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. I will be donating £5,000 to Rogue Bloggers appeal. I don’t ask you to match that but to make a donation, whatever you can afford NOW HERE
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 all of our initial target which was £40,000. So I will now not stop pestering you until we hit a new £50,000 target. So please:
In advance I thank you