Over 100 friends of the hospitals enjoyed the sun whilst walking across some of the most iconic bridges in London, all to improve the patient experience in our hospitals. 

110 supporters of Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals came together on Sunday 2 July for our annual London Bridges Walk. Together, they wished the NHS a happy 75th birthday and raised funds to improve a stay at the hospitals.

This year was our biggest London Bridges Walk since the pandemic and the weather was perfect for walking. Participants gathered at the Morpeth Arms in Westminster and then set off on a route taking in the famous landmarks of Central London and crossing six iconic bridges over the Thames.

The route took in Lambeth Palace, the Royal Festival Hall, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tate Modern and Royal Brompton and Harefield’s sister hospital St Thomas’, as well as crossing over six bridges from Lambeth Bridge to the Millennium Bridge.

The Charity would like to say a big thank you to the event’s sponsor, Wattsway Travel, for their continued support of the London Bridges Walk.

We would also like to thank the Morpeth Arms, for donating space for us to use for the start and end of the walk, and to Ripe London for donating the fruit to keep us going. Finally, we want to say thank you to Jenny Sunshine Faces for providing the fantastic face painting.

A huge thank you goes out to all the above and everyone who helped out. This event would not be possible without you.

We had some fantastic teams taking part, including “Valve & Don” whose team member Callum had a valve replacement in April at Royal Brompton Hospital, and regular charity supporter Eugene Miskelly returning for another year of the London Bridges Walk.

The walk took place a few days before the NHS’s 75th birthday on Wednesday 5 July and walkers were saying happy birthday to this wonderful institution, whilst raising funds to make a visit to the hospitals easier for patients.

£10,152.30 was raised at this year’s walk, all of which will go towards the Patients’ Fund, which provides the small things that make a big difference to a stay in the hospitals.

Thank you to everyone who attended, wished the NHS a happy 75th birthday and raised funds for patients. Your generosity will help many people with heart and lung conditions.