From Source to Sea
Ian Mylam completes his fundraising walk and connects supporters and givers with the young people who will benefit.
In our previous newsletter we featured Ian Mylam preparing for his fundraising walk along the length of the Thames. Walk completed, tweets tweeted and feet bathed and rested, we’d like to join with Ian in thanking you for all your generous support and interest! Through a combination of online and offline giving and sponsorship, Ian’s heroic effort has raised over £10,000 for our Youth Club – money that will be immediately ploughed back into funding our work with young people in the local community.
The twelve days of Ian’s walk were punctuated by updates on twitter and facebook, which kept his supporters in step with his progress and his insights as he travelled alongside the river we can easily take for granted. Photographs of beautiful spring flowers and waterside pub meals assured us that Ian wasn’t suffering without reward! “Slowly watching the river grow is an amazing experience,” Ian concludes. Just as the river flowed ever more strongly, by the final day Ian was joined by a group of fifteen friends and supporters, including two members of the youth club benefitting from his fundraising. Torian and Aissato are regular attenders at several of Mary’s weekly sessions, and besides enjoying the walk through London themselves, they also had the chance to see how some of their activities are funded.
We’re really proud of what our community of supporters and friends have achieved in partnering with Ian and would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all of Mary’s Friends. Without fundraisers like Ian and supporters like yourselves, we could not continue the work young people are asking us to do. As we consider the difference made by the activities and opportunities we’re able to provide, it only goes to excite us about what more is possible!