Therefore, I needed to do a bigger different challenge to the raise the sufficient funds to support CWB’s work. The idea of walking from London to Birmingham popped into my head late last year, mainly because I was filling out a form with previous addresses in. Hailing from the mean streets of South Birmingham but now living in the East End of London I wondered whether I could combine the two. A bit of research and a few beers later, my mind was made up. I was going to walk between the two along the Grand Union Canal.
As I thought more about the walk it felt like I had inadvertently stumbled on some of CWB’s fundamental values in the challenge. Walking is an activity that is accessible for most people. In this challenge there are many people who are dipping in for part of the journey, doing what they can. That really chimes with CWB; making sport and activity available for as many people as possible. It’s not a race, we just aim to finish it (without falling in the canal) and whilst there is often an competitive edge to CWB games, the key outcome is always about playing together, inclusively.
As for my walk, we leave London at 6am on good Friday. We will stop at Berkhamsted, Milton Keynes and Leamington before getting to Birmingham on the Monday evening. I have a mix of excitement and dread whilst thinking about the walk; looking forward to seeing England’s waterways but dreading the blisters and aching. By us walking a few miles on a bank holiday, I hope the money can be raised to support the implementation of the values of the walk: inclusiveness, enjoyment and teamwork. Through these values we can make a big difference to hundreds of boys and girls lives, empowering them to make better decisions to look after themselves and their community.
Here’s to a dry Easter!
Written by Dave Terrace.