Over 1,000 turn out to take part in first Walkathon in 10 years - The Solihull Observer

Over 1,000 turn out to take part in first Walkathon in 10 years

Solihull Editorial 6th Apr, 2023   0

ALMOST 1,000 fundraisers put their best foot forward as the Birmingham Walkathon returned after a decade over the weekend.

Help Harry Help Others (HHHO) joined forces with former BRMB Director and original event visionary, David Bagley, to bring back the famous event and raise funds for HHHO, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, NSPCC Birmingham, Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid, All Making A Difference and Birmingham Mind.

Community organisation GoodGym, warmed up the crowds, getting them ready to take on their steps and complete their choice of walk — be that the full 26 miles, starting or finishing at either Kings Heath Park or Rookery Park, the 11 mile half route, or the new fully inclusive one, three, five, or 10 laps around Kings Heath Park.

The idea to revive the popular Birmingham Walkathon came from Georgie Moseley, Harry’s mum and founder of HHHO.

She said: “Harry would have loved today.

“I’m so proud to see the wonderful people of Birmingham turn up and put their best foot forward to help support some fantastic, local charities.

“The last few years have been particularly difficult for many charities across the city, so to be able to bring back a much loved event like the Walkathon, means everything to me and those that rely on the support of these amazing charities.”

HHHO was created by inspirational Sheldon youngster Harry Moseley, who died in 2011 at the age of just 11 after a four-year battle with a brain tumour and his work continued after his death by Georgie.

The Walkathon, which first started in 1983 and last took place in 2013, has seen walkers, sponsors and supporters raise over £70,000 so far for the 2023 foundation year walk, which aims to bring the Walkathon back as a fundraising event.


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