Walk The Extra Smile
Forty years ago I walked 900 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End, raising money for the children’s home I worked in at Reedham, Purley, Surrey. I walked in cheap trainers, jeans and a bobble hat, sporting impressive facial hair and a hippy vibe!
In 2018, (with a lot less hair), I am doing this monumental walk again. Whilst many people have walked from the top of the country to the bottom, after a lot of research I am not aware of anyone having done it forty years apart so potentially a record!
As well as raising funds for the Reedham Children’s Trust I am also walking for Amigos Worldwide, Children’s Hospice South West and Starlight - four charities all focussed on improving the lives of vulnerable children and all uniquely working together on this project.
The aim is to walk 36 miles a day for 25 days starting at the end of August; this will be quicker than the last one!
This walk will be as close as possible to the original route, and will involve various meet and greets including two hospices at Bristol and St Austell. Each day of the walk I will open a letter from one of the children currently being supported by the charities and when possible even meet them either in person or by telecommunication. I will also wear a different hat each day which will have been made by children.
With the aim of raising as much cash as possible for the four charities concerned as well as operational costs being donated by commercial sponsors, this event has high aspirations and when completed will help the charities continue their amazing work.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story, Bob