Popular licensing executives Ian Downes, Paul Bufton, Simon Gresswell, and Chris Isitt will take on the Thames Bridges Challenge this September walking together for Mind in memory of Ian’s son, Calum, who passed away in 2015 aged 19.
The event will see the team cross every London bridge, starting at Putney Bridge and ending at Tower Bridge covering approximately 16 miles along the way.
The aim is to raise £7,000 for MIND – the mental health charity which provides help and care for those with mental health issues.
“This is the third walking fundraising event that we have organised in memory of our son Calum,” said Downes. “It is a positive way to remember him and for us to demonstrate our love for him whilst raising money for an excellent charity that provides help and support for those affected by mental illness.
“I have also found walking a good way of keeping fit, relaxing, and in lots of cases a great opportunity to talk to people. Walking and talking is good for everyone.”
In their first year, Downes and Gresswell completed a 24-hour course, while last year it was Downes and Bufton who completed the Mind Hike in Cornwall, where the duo walked for 24 hours, raised over £7,000 and crossed the finishing line “with lots of new friends.”
“This year we’re delighted to welcome Chris Isitt into the fold and we will walk together to demonstrate the power of community,” added Downes.
To kick start the 2019 fundraising effort, Downes, Bufton, Gresswell and Isitt will be hosting a taster ‘hikeforcal’ and they extend an open industry invitation to join them for this summer social.
The walking tour, set in South London, will start from the The Anchor pub on Bankside (34 Park Street, SE1 9EF) at 5.15pm on Monday, August 19 2019. The tour will take in some of the best sights (and pubs) of London and will take approximately two and a half hours.
Attendees will get a free drink at the finishing pub – The Mayflower in Rotherhithe. Tickets cost £30 and can be bought via Just Giving or the organisers directly.
All proceeds go directly to MIND. Alternatively you can simply pledge your support and donate via the www.justgiving.com/