Walking for Charity
Posted by Mark Armstrong 22nd June 2012
For those of us in the UK, wet weather in June is by no means unusual. Wet weather leading into the last weekend in June always fills me with dread as it's the weekend of the Glastonbury Festival. It seems that Michael Eavis has chosen a very good year not to hold a festival from the amount of rain we've had here in Somerset over the last couple of days. I pity those heading to the Isle of Wight Festival.
This week though, we were lucky enough to have a nice dry day to stretch our legs ahead of a charity walk at the weekend. We took a walk we've done several times before, from King Alfred's Tower through the woods into Stourhead Gardens, a National Trust property, and back via a trail that takes you round by Stourhead House.
The Tower sits on the Somerset/Wiltshire border near the location of 'Egbert's stone' where it is believed that Alfred the Great, King of Wessex, rallied the Saxons in 878 before the important Battle of Ethandun, where the Danish army was defeated. It has great views on a clear day, but is only open to the public at the weekend.
The gardens are built around an artificial lake and were laid out between 1741 and 1780 in a classical 18th-century design. The Temple of Apollo and Palladian Bridge can be seen in the 2005 movie Pride and Prejudice.
We took a similar journey last year when we did the 'Walk Ten' 10k twilight walk for Marie Curie cancer care, though on that evening it was more of a speed walk than a stroll to get round before it got too dark, though there were candles lit around the lake and we were given torches halfway round.
This weekend we are taking part in the Walk for Wards 10k walk around Wilton House in aid of Salisbury District Hospital Stars Appeal, specifically for the Pembroke Unit Fund which helps people with cancer and blood disorders. They have helped my father, Tony Armstrong (partner of High Point Holidays) since his initial diagnosis with Myeloma 15 years ago.
Myeloma, also known as multiple myeloma, is a type of cancer arising from plasma cells which are found in the bone marrow and is the second most common type of blood cancer.
Yesterday (21st June) saw the launch of the 2012 Myeloma UK's Awareness Week. This year they are trying to raise awareness about the Myeloma Infoline and raise funds to support their research programme as well as their services and resources for patients, families and healthcare professionals.
Regarding the Infoline: "For information or practical advice about myeloma or if you just need to talk. Your call will be answered by Myeloma Information Specialists. All calls are confidential". 0800 980 3332
Douglas Fir in the woods above Stourhead
Gathering for the Walk Ten in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care 2011