Stuarts Walk 2012

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On the 7th of November 2012 Stuart Boon who is an assistant with the Scouts and the Beavers set off to walk to the 130 miles or so to from Derby to London in only 4 days.
 
This was a sponsored walk to raise money towards the replacement of our warn-out patrol tents.
 
The route of the walk took him down the old cannel out of Derby and along the various foot paths and cycle paths on the small town of Hinckley in Leicestershire for his first eventing stop over. On the second day he picked up the A5, which was originally built by the Romans as Watling Street. This runs straight(ish) to London and Stuart followed it all the way to Buckingham Palace with very shot stops for sleep at Sunny Meadow Farm B&B at Long Buckby Wharf in Nothamptonshire and at a hotel St. Albans. STH72179
 
Stuart arrived at Buckingham Palace in the dark on Saturday 10th November, very foot sore, but triumphant. On the course of the journey he managed to brake his waling pole, but was kindly given a replacement by Outdoorkit of St Albans. Some of the costs of the trip were offset by Premier Inn who provided free accommodation in Hinckley.
 
The event did not go unnoticed. On the way he had an interview with radio Derby and on arrival in London he was able to meet the leader of the opposition Ed Milliband. Stuart also received a letter from the Queen!
 
Finally on Sunday 11th November was on his way to pay his respects at the annual London Remembrance parade when he met a local group and was asked to join them in the parade past the Cenotaph! Stuart had a target of £1,000 for the event, or roughly one of the 4 tents we need.
 
IMG_0035Thanks to donations from lots of sources, including members of the public, parents and work colleges he was able to achieve this target and the group was able to purchase its first new Storm Haven tent in 20 years.