Maggie 3 and Ron 02 set out from home at 08:15 in our little Vauxhall Adam for the start of the walk in the Royal Docks to raise funds for our branch and to support the work of this excellent organisation which has been established in Great Britain since 1913. Since then it has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for British Charities. We parked on Stansfield Street and walked to 1000 Dockside which houses some of Newham Council offices and backs onto Gallions Point Marina and City airport. We were met at the front of the building and guided through registration by a volunteer. We presented our fund raising record to a treasurer and received a receipt. Andrew 029 and Ron 02 had been sponsored by 26 supporters and raised £1,185 so far. A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL WHO SPONSORED US We then set up a stall where we were soon joined by Croydon and Waltham Forest Samaritans and an Action Aid walker who volunteers with Putney branch. Maggie 03 was then beset by people wanting to interview her and was presented with a certificate recognising the branch’s contribution (see photo above).
We were joined by our son Hugh, Grand-daughter Lyla, Andrew 029, his father Martin and mother Angharad. Barbara 322 was in the crowd cheering us on as we set off to walk around the Royal Docks down to the Thames barrier and back past the City Airport. Lyla is seven so our initial pace was quite slow and as we passed the Emirates Airline she spotted a TESCO local and refused to pass it by without spending some her father’s money. Andrew and family parted company with us there and completed the walk in one hour and forty minutes. Maggie 3, Ron 02, Hugh and Lyla followed at a more leisurely pace until we reached Pontoon Dock DLR station when the seven-year-old and her grand-mother’s legs could take no more. Ron 02 was left to complete the course on his own in a time of one hour, Fifty-seven minutes and 47 seconds arriving two minutes ahead of the intrepid train riders. We collected our medals and were served with a lunch of vegetable or chicken biryani which we enjoyed al fresco on the dockside.
The event was extremely well organised and we are very grateful for the support the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association gives to Samaritans. I believe that the walk next year might be held in Croydon and we hope we will be invited to participate again.
Ron 02 Treasurer