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Get involved in mile walk for children's charity says Pinner man
A PINNER man's dream to get the whole borough to walk a mile for charity has got off to a great start.
Justin Roman, 41, has organised a walk in aid of Merlin's Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children with terminal and serious illnesses.
The event, supported by the Harrow Observer, is on Sunday, April 29, from noon until 4pm, at Roger Bannister Stadium, Harrow Weald. Anyone is welcome to turn up during this time to complete their mile, while gathering money for the cause from sponsors.
Former world light-heavyweight boxing champion John Conteh will at there on the day to encourage people and show his support.
Mr Roman has been busy canvassing the local community in the lead up to the big day in the hope that as many people as possible will come along and take part.
He said: "There has been a lot of support so far. I am almost running out of places to go telling people about it. I know a couple of schools are taking part and lots of individuals too."
Mr Roman chose the charity because he has children and believes it is a 'fantastic cause'.
He held a mini event recently at Bridge Works industrial estate, Uxbridge, with people from local businesses walking around a nearby park on their lunch break.
One company alone, AR18 Limited, based in Rickmansworth, raised more than £1,500, and the overall total from the event stands at .
The walk in Harrow is part of a nationwide attempt by the charity to break a record, called the Million Mile Challenge.
It is hoped that enough people in the UK and Ireland will cover a mile on foot, or by cycling, running or swimming, to hit the target of a breathtaking one million miles in total.
● To take part in the challenge, you can find out more and download a sponsorship form from our website at www.harrowobserver.co.uk. To find out about the charity, go to www.merlinswishfoundation.org.
- A WOMAN is taking part in the challenge despite suffering from a painful skin disorder.
Karen Cox, 43, manager at Stanmore Funeral Service, suffers from dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa - a condition which causes her skin to blister.
The walk could be a very painful experience for the Stonebridge resident but despite this, she has set herself a bigger challenge of walking not one, but five miles, to raise money for Merlin's Wish Foundation.
Mrs Cox said: "Obviously in my line of work I have had to arrange funerals for children. People so often assume it is elderly people but that's not always the case. I think the foundation is a fantastic cause."
She added: "I am both excited and nervous. It is going to be very difficult, but a big personal achievement for me."
To sponsor Mrs Cox, pop in to Stanmore Funeral Service, High Street, Edgware.
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