Popular licensing execs to take on Thames Bridge Challenge for Mind

Published on: 30th July 2019

Ian Downes, Paul Bufton, Simon Gresswell and Chris Isitt will take on new Hike For Cal challenge.

The popular licensing executives will take on the Thames Bridges Challenge this September walking together for Mind in memory of Ian’s son, Calum, who passed away in 2015 aged 19.

The event will see Ian Downes, Paul Bufton, Simon Gresswell, and Chris Isitt cross every London bridge, starting at Putney Bridge and ending at Tower Bridge, covering approximately 16 miles along the way. The aim is to raise £7,000 for Mind – the mental health charity which provides help and care for those with mental health issues.

“This is the third walking fundraising event that we have organised in memory of our son Calum,” said Ian. “It is a positive way to remember him and for us to demonstrate our love for him whilst raising money for an excellent charity that provides help and support for those affected by mental illness. I have also found walking a good way of keeping fit, relaxing, and in lots of cases a great opportunity to talk to people. Walking and talking is good for everyone!”

Ian continued: “In our first year, Simon and I completed a gruelling 24-hour course and last year, myself and Paul completed the Mind Hike in Cornwall where we also walked for 24 hours, raised over £7,000 and crossed the finishing line with lots of new friends. This year we’re delighted to welcome Chris Isitt into the fold, and we’ll walk together to demonstrate the power of community.”

To kick start the 2019 fundraising effort, Ian, Paul, Simon and Chris will be hosting a taster ‘#hikeforcal’ and they extend an open industry invitation to join them for this summer social.

The walking tour set in South London that will start from the The Anchor pub on Bankside (34 Park Street, SE1 9EF) at 5.15pm on Monday 19th August. The tour will take in some of the best sights (and pubs) of London and will take approximately two and a half hours. Attendees will get a free drink at the finishing pub – The Mayflower in Rotherhithe. Tickets cost £30 and can be bought via Just Giving or the organisers directly. All proceeds go directly to MIND.

Alternatively, readers can simply pledge their support and donate via the page.


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