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Worshipful Company of Cordwainers

Counting those lockdown steps

Posted by: JHM Date: 21 Apr 2021

Charitable fundraising during a pandemic requires extra ingenuity on the part of both organisers and participants and Cordwainers continue to rise to the challenge.

The Cordwainer Charity of the Year is the Royal Society for Blind Children (RSBC) and our former clerk, Liveryman John Miller is determined to do all he can to support it. A trustee of the charity, John has pledged to walk 420,000 steps during the month of April, roughly equivalent to the distance from John’s home in Hampshire all the way to Land’s End.

When John retired two years ago, we ran the headline, ‘Clerk hangs up his shoes’, but events have proved us wrong. Like many people, John has spent lockdown discovering new walking routes and paths near his home just outside Petersfield. He said, ‘I have really enjoyed walking in lockdown, and have discovered so much of our local area in the beautiful South Downs National Park.’

‘The Cordwainers have supported blind people for hundreds of years, and for over 70 years their main beneficiary in this category has been the Royal Society for Blind Children, whose patron is HM The Queen. I am really pleased to raise funds, which will enable blind and partially sighted children to lead a fuller life.’

Please support John Miller’s campaign here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/john-miller68