The Thames Path Challenge: 184 miles walked in 16 days & £2,532 raised!

ALAN RICE-SMITH has organised this fundraising appeal on behalf of ROTARY CLUB OF CIRENCESTER TRUST FUND. Donations eligible for Gift Aid.


Listen to Radio Gloucestershire's interview with Alan 24th July 2020 - Click here: 

Aslo see report in the Wilts & Glos Standard:

184 miles walked in 16 days.  I used to be 6'1" ...... but I'm now only 5'4".  Tough at times but thoroughly enjoyable all the time.  I feel like I now know the Thames route like the back of my hand and I've developed a new love of bridges!  Very lucky with the weather and I was very lucky to have Caer with me every step of the way.  It was also great to be joined along the way by friends and family and we are very grateful for the support and encouragement received via emails and social media.  The fact that we have so far raised £2,200 with Gift Aid to be added is a fantastic bonus for the clubs worthy charities.  Thank you to all that have donated and spread the word.

It's still not too late to add to that figure though!

Captains Log signing off.

It has been a tough time for everybody during this dreadful COVID-19 pandemic with some people and families within our community affected more than others.  The members of the Rotary Club of Cirencester have always been keen to assist and support the community in any way we can and for the forthcoming year, our President, Mark Wilton has chosen two charities we will be actively working with and raising money for.  

They are:
The Big Yellow Bus Project; which is a double decker bus acquired by Gerry Watkins in 2017 which has undergone a conversion to provide warm, comfortable sleeping and basic cooking facilities for rough sleepers.

Cotswold Counselling; which provides the opportunity to talk in confidence to someone who is trained to listen.

One year ago, our member, Alan Rice-Smith was recovering from a heart attack!  Now he and his wife, Caerwen have decided to mark their escape from lockdown by taking on the 184 mile Thames Path walk from its source at Thames Head, near Kemble to the Thames Barrier.  They will do it over a period of 16 consecutive days, self funded, starting on Friday 3rd July 2020 and will be providing a daily progress update via

All support, encouragement will be welcomed and all donations/sponsorship received will be used in direct support of the two charities.

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