THE THAMES BRIDGE CHALLENGE
(Members of the Catford & Lewisham group launching the Thames Bridge logo at their March meeting)
After the success of our 2016 Walk for Friendship which raised almost £9k for our befriending services, Fellowship Office staff, members of the Board of Directors and volunteers are teaming up again to undertake a new challenge to raise funds to support our local community groups.
The Thames Bridge Challenge will see them walking over 12 of the 33 bridges that cross the River Thames on Friday 8th September 2017.
The walk will start at Battersea Bridge and finish at the Tower of London (after crossing Tower Bridge). The total distance covered is about 10 to 12 miles.
Our local community groups are run entirely by volunteers and provide a valuable service to many beneficiaries with their mix of educational, leisure and social activities. They also help support our national aim to tackle social isolation by offering a forum for friendship and companionship .
The group network is the foundation on which the CSRF was built and continues to operate in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
All the monies raised will go towards supporting our groups with the costs associated with their activities (e.g. volunteer expenses).
Belinda Stalker, 1957-2017
We recently lost our friend and colleague who died unexpectedly after a short illness. Belinda worked for the CSRF for 27 years and was very much involved with our groups throughout this time. As a mark of respect, the walking team have renamed this year’s challenge Belinda’s Walk in her memory.
We are extremely grateful to the following sponsors for their support of this year's fundraising activity:
OUR LOCAL GROUP NETWORK
We opened our first branch in Guildford in 1965 and still have over 100 active groups operating throughout the UK offering a wide range of activities to beneficiaries...
Dorchester Group Outing, 2015
Solent Branch meeting, 1969
Eltham Group on holiday, 2016
Salisbury Group 'at the races', 1968