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Worshipful Company of Cordwainers

Training the family

Posted by: JHM Date: 28 Feb 2017

Marshalling three generations of her family for the Marsden March, Past Warden Caroline Squire reports on the Chamberlain family’s training session:

“Well, the day was murky, the going muddy and the four-year-old grumpy. Our first training walk for the tri-generational charity walk in aid of the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, it is safe to say was not a success. My youngest spent more time on older shoulders than on the ground, which is not the long term game plan we are hoping for on the 19th March. I think we are going to need a lot more bribery than we first thought!

Along with 71 other Cordwainers and their families, we are joining the Marsden March, a 14-mile route between their two lifesaving hospital sites, from Chelsea to Sutton, thankfully with a shorter 5-mile route for those with littler legs. In mid-March Cordwainers aged four to 74, will be walking an astounding total of 715 miles, as the crow flies. That gets you from London to Poland, Italy or Northern Spain. (Not quite as far as Cordoba but almost all the way there!)

Why am I walking? It’s simple: every two minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer. Members of my family have had cancer and one of my best friends from school starts her chemotherapy this week.”

Please donate to the Chamberlain team here.