10 Aug 2021
We recently spoke to Carl Alleyne, a Miles for Missions participant, on why he has taken on our new challenge – Miles for Missions – where we’ve challenged people to walk 116 miles between June and September. Carl shares why he has chosen to fundraise for London’s Air Ambulance Charity, his favourite walk and what has been the biggest challenge for him so far.
Why are you taking part in Miles for Missions?
I am part of a small group within Tower Hamlets Homes known as 'Fitness for Fun'. The group sets us challenges for walking, running and general fitness. This challenge is one set by the group and I am taking part as it is for such a worthy cause – walking to raise money for the London’s Air Ambulance Charity is a great way to help them to save lives.
How many miles have you covered so far?
To date, I have covered 123 miles and hope to increase this by a wider margin by the 20th of September.
How much have you raised so far?
I have raised just over £335 and hope to raise a few more pounds by the end of the challenge!
What has been your favourite walk so far?
To be honest all our walks are fun and interesting. I walk with my wife after work and at weekends, we live on the edge of Epping Forest so our walks take in an adventure each time.
There is a lot of wildlife to spot – deer, birds, foxes etc. On one walk, we spotted a slowworm and a pair of Indian Runner Ducks around a small lake. More recently, we found a lost dog, who seemed more interested in the bread we had to feed the birds! So, we used the bread to lure the dog in so we could see its ID tag and we reunited it with its owner.
What’s been the biggest challenge so far?
The biggest challenge so far was getting the first donation. I had started my pot off when I signed up and it seemed like I would not reach my target! But soon, the sponsorships started to roll in and my pot quickly grew. I would like to thank all my sponsors who have donated selflessly to this cause. My heartfelt thanks to you all, in particular the one ‘anonymous’ person (or persons) who donated £100, as I am not able to thank you personally.
You can donate to Carl’s challenge here.