On Sunday, 86 walkers joined us, armed with their hats, sun cream and water, ready to take on the London Bridges Walk on a hot day.

The Morpeth Arms generously hosted the start and end points of the walk. Throughout the morning our walkers gathered until the pub was full of people all wearing our purple heart t-shirt. Jenny Sunshine was on hand to give our walkers a little sparkle with her Charity themed face paint designs.

It was wonderful to meet both dedicated supporters and those new to the Charity, each with different reasons for walking with us. Andrew Bown travelled in from Somerset for a walk to celebrate 30 years since his heart transplant, Charlotte and her team were walking for Ruben’s Fund and to raise money for research into cardiomyopathy, and the Wimpole Wanderers and the Walking Superwomen were walking to support the hospitals they are proud to work for.

Our walkers set off at 10.30 am following our volunteer leaders, Mel and Paul. They took in all the sights along the 10 km Thameside route including our sister hospital, St Thomas’, the Palace of Westminster and St Paul’s Cathedral.

In the early afternoon our walkers started arriving back at the Morpeth Arms to cheers from everyone waiting for them. They were awarded medals for their amazing efforts and helped themselves to fruit, donated by Ripe London, sweets and water.

Our chief executive, Richard Bowyer, was amongst the walkers on Sunday. He said: “It was a fabulous day, with beautiful weather. We were so pleased to see so many walkers enjoying themselves and showing such a strong commitment to raising funds for patients. Events like this mean that the charity can make a huge difference for heart and lung patients.”

The event raised a brilliant £8,838. If you joined us for the walk, a huge thank you from everyone at the Charity, we hope you had a great time and look forward to seeing you again soon. Everything you raised, every penny, will go towards helping heart and lung patients.

Special thanks go to our event sponsors Wattsway Travel and to the team at the Morpeth Arms for hosting. A massive thank you also to our dedicated volunteers Mel, Mia, Paul, and to the local companies who donated tombola prizes.

Find all the photographs taken on the day in the slideshow below.

Inspired by our walkers to take on your own challenge to beat heart and lung disease? The Harefield Fun Run returns to the hospital this September. Register your place on this beautiful four mile run.

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