On Friday 8th September, a group of our Chelsea Pensioners, Pearly Queens, Royal Hospital Chelsea staff and supporters take on the challenge of crossing 16 bridges over the River Thames.

Starting from Putney Bridge, the team will work their way towards the iconic Tower Bridge covering 12 miles to finish their mission and raise money for the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Captain Matt Clarkson

 The group of 20 of us walking aim to raise £100 per bridge towards the Royal Hospital Charity. We begin our quest at 09:30 at Putney Bridge and will finish at the Tower of London. It would be hugely motivational if anyone were to walk with us, meet us at a particular bridge or donate towards this historic national institution.”

Chelsea Pensioner, Ivan Sangster

“I got into walking about a year ago and completed a 10-mile walk earlier this year for March in March. I loved it and wanted to do something like that again to give back to the Royal Hospital. I was inspired by the SSAFA completing 13 bridges earlier in the summer and then thought, why not 16? I’ve loved organising and being part of the team who will be walking to raise money for our current and future veterans, and we would love for as many people as possible to join us!”

The team are raring to go and have been testing their stamina every week in preparation for the long distance. All funds raised go towards ensuring our Chelsea Pensioners can lead as fulfilled and supported lives as possible, in recognition of their loyal service.

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