Our first female Rogue Blogger signs up - now we are 13
By Tom Winnifrith | Tuesday 21 May 2019
Health Nazi Andrew Monk has pulled a muscle. He says he will still do the 33 mile walk on Saturday but will struggle. He will certainly struggle to keep up with our latest recruit. Now we are 13.
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 Monk whinges, 76 year old Brian Basham wheezes, Andrew Bell grumbles and I struggle to keep up. Now we are thirteen. And so far we have raised just under £43,000. 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, in FOUR days time 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 thirteen walkers, twelve for the whole march through the Surrey countryside and one (Darren Atwater) for the last ten miles.
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: