This May, the streets of London will see a royal walkabout unlike any other, as hundreds of ‘kings and queens’ embark on a sponsored walk around the city in support of people living with HIV.
HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust is inviting crowned heads of all ages to take part in its annual Walk For Life fundraiser on Sunday 20th May. This year’s event takes place two weeks before the Diamond Jubilee, with supporters voting for a fancy dress theme of ‘Kings and Queens’. Walkers are encouraged to put their own stamp on the theme, whether that means robing up as Queen Victoria, stepping into The King’s blue suede shoes, or even paying homage to the Jubilee girl herself. Plain clothes royals are very welcome too.
This year is the 23rd annual Walk For Life. Walkers pay a small entrance fee and generate sponsorship through the event website (www.walkforlife.co.uk), and the money they raise goes to support people living with HIV. Funds go towards Terrence Higgins Trust’s Hardship Fund, a project offering grants to people with HIV in severe financial need.
The 10km walk starts and ends at Potter’s Fields Park on London’s South Bank and winds in a circular route across Tower Bridge, through the City of London and into the West End, before heading south across Waterloo Bridge and following the river to the finishing line. The event begins at 11.00am, takes an average of 2 – 3 hours, and all walkers are welcomed back to the park with food and drink stalls, and live entertainment.
Sonya Trivedy, Head of Fundraising at Terrence Higgins Trust, said: “Walk For Life is the jewel in the crown of our community fundraising programme, and this year’s event looks set to be a right royal knees-up. We’re calling for pearly kings, prince charmings, and queens of every variety to sign up and help raise funds for people living with, and affected by HIV. However much you can help raise through sponsorship, it will make a real difference to people with HIV in need of support, so please sign up to this year’s event.”
To join the royal party, either as an individual walker or as part of a team, please register at www.walkforlife.co.uk, or telephone (020) 7812 1665. Registration costs £15 per person, which helps Terrence Higgins Trust cover the costs of the event.