Leukaemia Research & WWF Charity Walk

10th November 2014

 Keep an eye out for  Margaret Mason and her 2 dogs Menna and Ziggy over the coming weeks as they walk the Trail for charity.

2014 Offa's Dyke Walk

In 2010/11 I walked over 500 miles around central Britain on canal towpaths, to raise money for charity.  I went with my dogs Menna, a Jack Russell, and Ziggy, a who-knows-what, and I collected sponsorship for Leukaemia Research while they did the same for the Worldwide Fund for Nature.  These charities were chosen because my son Adam Thompson died in 2009, aged 16, from leukaemia, and he was an ardent supporter of WWF - as he once said, 'If we carry on wrecking the planet we'll all be dead anyway, so conservation is actually more important than medical research.'

Between us we raised £11,441, so it seemed that we had hit on quite a successful plan for raising money.  We did get a big sympathy vote because of Adam's recent death and because of the weather - 2010/11 was the winter of the big freeze, and we walked much of the time through snow and ice.  The dogs nevertheless managed to fall in the canals several times, both before they froze and after they thawed!  I managed to stay out.

I always planned to repeat the experiment but was not sure when, not wishing to keep demanding money from my nearest and dearest!  However, this year is the 5th anniversary of Adam's death, and neither the dogs nor I are getting any younger, so it seemed like time to get going, as I wanted to do Offa's Dyke, which is a bit more challenging than towpaths!

So on 7th November, Adam's birthday, we are off, starting from Chepstow (send-off on the Castle green at 10.30), and we shall finish, all being well, at Prestatyn on 28th; not being very fit and the days being short at this time of year, we are allowing what we hope is plenty of time.  We are aiming to raise £5,000 as it is a shorter walk, but maybe there will be some sympathy for the rain we are expecting and all that up and down hill!!  Anyone who would like to join us for any part of the walk is more than welcome.  Contact details are on the website, offasdykedogwalk.webs.com.

It will be great to hear from anybody who meets Margaret , Menna and Ziggy , you can tweet us at @offasdykepath or post a picture on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/offasdykepath

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