We never really decided we were doing it for a reason, we just thought it was a great idea for a great cause. That year we raised £750 sponsorship from our very kind friends and family including some of mine in New Zealand, we were proud of what we achieved. As we are both interested in Photography and knew one of the fundraising organisers of the Marsden March, we were asked to take some photos along the way from the perspective of a walker. Here is the movie we made of Our 2011 Walk (You may need some tissues)
Last year we joined by the father in law, friends and The Black Dog. We had another great day although there was over 2000 people doing the 14 mile walk you felt like part of a team, everyone was encouraging everyone else. It was a lot more fun being in a group and Putney Hill didn't seem as steep as the year before. We were met at each of the stopping points by the mother in law which was great encouragement, its aways nice to see a familiar face. I think my favourite bits were the Starbucks break at Raynes Park (my half way treat), crossing the finish line with my friends, family and The Black Dog and getting our medals and a man coming up to us at the end and congratulating The Black Dog on finishing, I think we must have look a little confused as the man said that he had met The Black Dog at the start (probably meant that The Black Dog had jumped all over him at the start) We did the 14 miles in just under 5 hours and raised over £1000 and lots of blisters and aching bodies.
Over the years things change we are doing the Marsden March again ... The father in law will have just turned 72 when we do the walk and after joining us for two walks has decided to leaving it to the youngsters, one team member will be celebrating her sons first birthday - he was born on the morning of last years walk and we have even more of a reason to support the Royal Marsden and the amazing work they do.
I mentioned the lady that the husband was tweeting with on our first Marsden March walk. We continued to tweet with her after the walk and found out that she was local and enjoyed dogs. Not long after the walk we decided to meet up at Nonsuch Park, and walk the dogs. We hit it off straight away and had a lovely time, over the pass three years we have become good friends. Two years ago she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and was treated at the Royal Marsden. She has had her ups and downs through out her treatment but has always remained positive, not that she would have let on otherwise. She has completed her treatment at the Marsden, her hair is growing back and has been in remission for over 12 months!
So this year we are walking with pride for our friend, who is someone who we admire and for all the staff at the Royal Marsden who work so hard looking after people who feel like their world's have fallen apart. If you would like to support us this year here is our JustGiving Page