Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Mothers take on Thames Path Challenge

FOUR mothers are bidding to raise £1,000 for a play area at Wargrave Pre-School.

Camilla Milward, Kate Gupta, Sarah Davies and Merrigan Twelves will be taking part in the Thames Path Challenge on Saturday.

The annual event involves walking or running along the River Thames from Putney Bridge to Henley. Participants can attempt either the full 100km or a 25km or 50km section of the route for a charity of their choice.

Mrs Milward and Mrs Gupta will be walking 50km from Runnymede to Henley, while Mrs Davies and Mrs Twelves will walk 25km from Runnymede to Cookham.

All four women have had children at the pre-school in East View Road and now sit on the organising committee.

Mrs Twelves said: “We’ve had a wine and cheese evening at the Bull, coffee mornings and the Christmas fete but this will be the biggest fund-raising event we’ve done.

“I moved here from Fulham last year so I knew the walk started from Putney. After I joined the committee I thought it would be a great thing to do to raise money.

“We have had an amazing committee for the past few years which has allowed us to refurbish the inside. Now we want to do more outside and get some equipment for the children.”

The women, who will be joined by thousands of other fund-raisers on the walk, have been training since January.

Mrs Gupta said: “Our first training walk took about an hour and we did 8km and since then we’ve worked upwards. We often do Henley to Marlow because it’s such a nice stretch. Our biggest walk was last week, when we did 30km from Shiplake to Maidenhead. We’ve trained in rain and thunderstorms but I really hope it doesn’t rain on the day.”

Mrs Milward said: “We have tried to do a big walk at weekends but we had a bit of a lull in June and July when the summer holidays started. It is quite a commitment, taking big chunks out of our weekends. If we have a successful walk maybe we will do the 100km next year!”

The pre-school, which is run as a charity, was founded in the Eighties. Last year, the interior was refurbished with a new kitchen, baby changing facilities and carpets.

Mrs Davies said: “It’s nice to give something back to the pre-school because the kids have been so happy there.” To make a donation, send a cheque to: Wargrave Pre-School, Recreation Ground, East View Road, Wargrave, Berkshire, RG10 8BH.

• The pre-school is looking for people to join the new committee which will be elected at the annual meeting in October. Anyone interested should email

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