Never too Young to Take on the Thames Path

27th June 2019

Last June, Harry started his walk along the Thames Path National Trail. Two hundred miles is a challenging distance for any person to walk but Harry, aged 8 from Bourne End, decided he would do it. He says, “I needed a tough challenge because I wanted lots of people to sponsor me so that I could raise money for Shelter. I see homeless people and it makes me sad, especially when most of us have nice homes and more money than we need. I like walking near the river so my plan is to walk from the source of the Thames to the sea.”

Harry fell from a tree at Iffley Lock near Oxford at the end of August and suffered a fractured elbow. Following surgery, he had to stop walking whilst his arm healed. Harry wanted to finish by the end of the year. Walking at weekends and during school holidays he had lots of friends and family who joined him at various points along the trail.

Harry completed his challenge - walking over 200 miles, finishing at Grain in the Thames Estuary. The huge estuary was such a contrast to the dry riverbed he saw at the source during the summer. Harry might be the youngest person to have completed the Thames Path National Trail. He raised just under £1000 for Shelter.

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