Monday, 20 September 2010

Malcolm Spalding's sponsored towpath walk to Coventry

By the time you read this Malcolm Spalding will have reached about half way along his walk from Little Venice to Coventry Basin. He's doing the walk to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. His wife, Honny, died of cancer while fundraising for Macmillan.

On his JustGiving page Malcolm writes:

We shared a love of boating for over 40 years and I thought it a fitting tribute if I could raise some funds for the charity she became involved with by using our narrowboat to help me walk the Grand Union Canal from London to Coventry.

The walk is 128 miles and 93 locks!

Malcolm's friend Mick is steering Holly while Malcolm walks and, presumably, shakes his collecting bucket, working the locks and using Holly as a "hotel" at night.

We met Malcolm at Bull's Bridge Junction, overnighting before going to Little Venice to start his walk, when we were there cleaning Willow.

The remainder of his schedule is this:

Mon 20th Sep Bridge 126 Cheddington to Bridge 106 Paper Mill near Stoke Hammond
Tue 21st Sep to Bridge 68 Galleon near Old Wolverton
Wed 22nd Sep to Gayton Junction
Thu 23rd Sep to Norton Junction
Fri 24th Sep to Hillmorton (below locks)
Sat 25th Sep to Ansty
Sun 26th Sep to Coventry

A footnote on his schedule indicates that they will be visiting the Old Plough in Braunston High Street at lunchtime on Friday 24th September.

Malcolm receiving a handshake of support from Clive Henderson, chairman of the Inland Waterways Association

If you're in the area you might like to support Malcolm - and mention how you heard about him!

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