Dreams Come True Charity walks
It was back in 1996 that the idea of walking to raise money for charity was conceived.
I was then working for a large multinational company responsible for liaising with its supply base to monitor and improve incoming quality.
A couple of work colleagues and myself wanted to expand our love of walking but in doing so raise money for charity.
I was tasked with selecting a suitable charity, and with the help of my local librarian we trawled through the countless registers in search of a children’s charity, that was open to all residents in the UK.
I selected four charities that I thought were suitable and sent each a letter setting out our intentions. One reply received was from a charity that only looked after children in Kent. The only other letter I received back was from Dreams Come True.
The rest, as they say, is history!
I approached my company to discuss our fund raising intentions and received their permission to use their logo and company headed note paper to write to some of our largest suppliers to promote the idea and to ask for their support by way of a donation. The response we received was overwhelming
Following that first walk along the Jurassic Way in Northampton we were able to present to Dreams Come True a cheque for £10,200. Since that time 20 years ago, we have raised a total of £99,578 and I hope this year to break through the £100,000 barrier.
Each walk is carefully planned with four or five practice runs before the day.
I have mainly concentrated the walks around the Essex and Suffolk countryside and of course in London. These were of particular interest to some of our suppliers who took time out to join us on these missions.
I retired from my company in 2002 and from that time, we have seen the number of walkers gradually decrease over the years.
I enjoy the interaction with the Charity and have met a number of staff who are truly amazing and very supportive. I love walking and shall continue walking for Dreams for as long as I am able to do so.
If you would like to organise a bespoke event for us please get in touch with Martin.
Author: Hannah Attenburrow
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