You’ve heard of Walk to School Week? Well one Lewes man is marking an anniversary with walk home from work day - all 50 miles of it.
It is the 10th anniversary of Andrew Menniss’s daily commute between London and Richmond.
So he decided he would set off on Wednesday and walk the 50 miles from his office in Richmond back home, raising funds for charity along the way.
Andrew has persuaded his friend and colleague, Dave Price to join him on the three-day journey.
Following weeks of training, the men hope their friends and family will support their two chosen causes: international water aid charity, Just a Drop and children’s hospice Shooting Star Chase.
Andrew said: “We chose Just a Drop to reflect the long distances that people have to walk in developing countries to collect water.
“After ten years of commuting between Lewes and Richmond, I thought that a walk would save me a bit of money, although I would probably miss my children if I made a habit out of it.
Dave said: “When Andrew asked me if I’d like to get involved, I jumped at the chance.
“I love walking, although 50 miles will certainly be a huge challenge for me.
“Just a Drop does fantastic work for families in desperate need of clean water so it was an easy decision to choose them as one of the charities we were going to support.”
“In fact, Just a Drop has delivered over 150 projects in 31 countries, supporting approximately 1.5 million people since its beginnings in 1998.
“The aim of the charity is to address the shocking statistic that a child dies every 20 seconds from a water-related disease – which means more children under the age of five years old die from this than from malaria, measles and HIV/AIDS combined.
Nicola Swann, fundraising and communications manager at Just a Drop, said: “We’re delighted Andrew and David are lacing up their walking boots for Just a Drop and wish them every success.
“About 200 million hours are spent each day globally collecting water – time that could otherwise be spent on more constructive activities such as tending to crops for women and education for girls. As it only takes £1 to provide a child with clean water for 10 years, every donation towards their endeavour will make a real impact on people’s lives.”
To help reach their target of £1,000, visit Virgin Money Giving | Fundraising | The Long Walk Home to Lewes