16-year-old Henry Chamberlain has stepped up to the challenge this week of walking 60 miles in just two days to raise much needed funds for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had an undeniable impact on Shooting Star Children’s Hospices, so we are even more reliant on super supporters like Henry to help us to continue to be there for the most vulnerable families at a time when they need it most.
Henry, who goes to school in Wimbledon, has been walking across London during the last four months between his remote schooling – which sparked his idea to take on the ultimate challenge of walking from his home near Earl’s Court to Oxford – a distance of 60 miles in just two days from 28th – 29th July.
Before the walk Henry said, “I recently came upon the craze of long distance walking and have gone on many 20+ mile walks. I’m very excited to continue my passion by undertaking my longest walk yet especially as I’m able to raise money for the brilliant Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.”
Fabulous fundraising clearly runs in the family as Henry has followed in his Grandfather Roger Chamberlain’s footsteps in deciding to raise money for his local children’s hospice charity. Roger, who has been a member of Woking Lions Club for 15 years, has had a long history supporting us.
Roger Chamberlain said, “Woking Lions Club has supported Shooting Star Children’s Hospices for many years now and I was extremely proud of our 16-year-old grandson Henry, when he announced he was going to walk from his home near Earl’s Court to Oxford, via High Wycombe, to raise funds for the charity. The idea was promulgated by his school house at Kings College School in Wimbledon who are also supporting them this year.”
Speaking on how Henry has got on with his challenge, Roger said, “Henry set off from London on Tuesday at 6.50am heading for the halfway point High Wycombe and arrived safely late afternoon – rewarding himself with a long soak in the bath! After a hearty breakfast he set off at 9am on Wednesday to complete his journey reaching Carfax Tower in the centre of the city at 6.15pm! I must say that apart from blisters on both feet, and in spite of a detour of about 5 miles shortly before reaching Oxford due to a road closure, Henry looked remarkably well after his circa 60 mile walk with the diversion.”
Ellie Constable, Community Fundraiser at Shooting Star Children’s Hospices said, “We are all in awe of Henry! To take on such a long distance on his own is so amazing and we’d like to thank him and his family for their ongoing support of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices over the years. We understand that it’s a very difficult time for many at the moment, so it’s really wonderful to see our supporters like Henry doing such a tough challenge to raise money to help ensure we can continue to be there for families who need us.”
You can donate to Henry’s Just Giving page here – www.justgiving.com/fundraising/henrychamberlainwalktooxford and if Henry has inspired you why not take on your own Make Every Mile Count Virtual Challenge.