What a great day! Teddy’s Big Walk for Dyslexia

We had a fantastic day on Sunday at Teddy Arkell Bear’s Big Walk for Dyslexia. This was the first Big Walk we had done from our West Street Centre and we were delighted that it was part of Farnham Town Council’s Walking Festival.

The sun came out and our dedicated walkers spent a beautiful afternoon enjoying leafy Farnham Park. We then enjoyed tea and cake and a lovely chat back at the Centre. Teddy was very well-behaved and managed to leave enough cake for the rest of us.

Thank you to everyone who came along to raise awareness and funds to help support children and adults with dyslexia and to those who sponsored our walkers. A big shout out and thank you to 11-year-old Finlay who raised £400 for us!

If you would like to join us next year, the date will be announced in our e-newsletter. You can subscribe here.

Teddy Arkell’s Big Walk for Dyslexia

Our Big Walk for Dyslexia is on the afternoon of Sunday 21 May and we’d love you to come and join us! We will be walking in beautiful Farnham Park – just a stone’s throw from the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity in West Street. And this year, we’re thrilled to be part of the Farnham Walking Festival.

As you know, Teddy Edward Arkell Bear loves to be involved where he can so he’s decided to take over the Big Walk and would like your furry teddy friends to come along too. There’ll be tea and cake at the end (if Teddy hasn’t already eaten it all).

Join in wherever you are!

If you can’t attend on the day, why not do a ‘virtual’ walk for us and tag us as you share your photos on social media?

This is all to raise money to help support adults and children with dyslexia and to raise awareness of dyslexia and the work we do here at Helen Arkell so we would love your support.

It’s a lovely, fun family day out – dogs are welcome too. You can find out more and register here.

Good luck and enjoy the walk! It will be great to see all your pictures on social media so be sure to tag us.

Some people are just brilliant, aren’t they?

Why would anyone want to run non-stop for 26.2 miles, when they don’t necessarily even enjoy running? Which probably means somewhere between three and a half hours, to five and a half hours of very painful activity?

More than that. Why would anyone put themselves through several months of relentless training in order to manage the above in one piece? It probably means they’ve had to run on cold, dark winter’s evenings after work. Or icy winter mornings. And if you only run on nice, dry days, you probably won’t do many runs … so out you go (again) for another 2 or 3 hour run in the rain, when everything chafes twice as much as it normally would.

Why on earth would anybody do that?!

Probably the best people to answer that question are David, Debbie, Eskil, Justin, Sam and Steve, who are doing it on Sunday.

These intrepid heroes are the Helen Arkell team in this year’s London Marathon. You can read their stories by clicking on their names above, and this will give you an insight into their own individual, personal reasons for putting their bodies on the line in this way.

A common theme is that they have a determination to help us fulfil our mission to transform the lives of children and adults with dyslexia. That’s why they’re doing it.

So, please join me in saying a massive thank you to all our team, for going above and beyond for the cause of dyslexia, and for really making a difference in the world.

Think of them on Sunday morning, as they negotiate one of the greatest challenges there is. Please send them lots of positive vibes, to help get them safely to the finish line, where our Hazel and Helen will be waiting for them.

Above all, please contribute a little something to their fundraising pages, because raising sponsorship is actually just as hard and painful as the running itself.

Good luck David, Debbie, Eskil, Justin, Sam and Steve! You are all absolute heroes!!

Good luck!


PS If you feel inspired by the efforts of our London Marathon runners and want to ‘do your bit for dyslexia’ too, there are various options available to you, including the Royal Parks Half Marathon on 8 October, or Teddy Arkell’s slightly more gentle Big Walk for Dyslexia on 21 May.

By |2024-04-24T09:33:22+01:00April 21st, 2023|CEO blog, Fundraising news, Latest news|0 Comments


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