£407raised of £1,500 target by 12 supporters

Weʼre raising £1,500 to continue to help fund Ben's memorial trail, a stretch along the Leeds Liverpool Canal.

Leeds, United Kingdom

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We are continuing to crowd fund for Ben's mile. The old page has now closed and we have set up a new page to allow for further donations (as requested from some of the cause supporters). If you would like to visit the old page please follow this link:


This crowd funding page is dedicated to our colleague Ben Walmsley who sadly passed away after he lost his battle with cancer at the age of 38 in November 2015. Ben was an experienced environmental scientist and a well-respected colleague who was highly valued at Arup in Leeds. Ben was a, caring, humorous, and bright friend who enjoyed his running and cycling (especially with his children while taking them to school).

As former colleagues, we have decided to develop a dedicated running route along the River Aire and neighbouring canal where Ben used to do his lunch time runs. The memorial route is an 800m stretch which will be sign posted with nine sandstone posts set 100m apart. Each column will be engraved with an animal that represents the local wildlife along the river/canal stretch.

The memorial will have a dual purpose as it can be used both as an exercise spot for runners/walkers but also as an environmental educational trail for children to help raise their awareness of local wildlife along the River Aire.

Arup and the Leeds FAS scheme are part funding this initiative and some of the necessary funds are already in place BUT we need to raise additional funds (£5,000). As a result we have set up this crowd funding page.

Previous crowdfunding page for Ben's mile.

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    2 months ago

    We are almost there! One more milestone complete! All the stones now have been carved and will be delivered in the next week or two. It has taken a while but it does worth the wait. See below a couple of examples of what the stones will look like. If you would like to see the other seven stones you will have to visit the towpath. :) Thanks allot for all your support and help.

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    These are some examples of the animals to be carved on the columns.

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6 months ago

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Page last updated on: 6/16/2018 5:07 PM



  • Ruth Moran

    Ruth Moran

    Jun 16, 2018

    What a fantastic idea, a very fitting and lovely tribute. I remember chatting away to Ben on our Tuesday training runs, he was such a nice guy and a really good runner. X


  • Warren Porter

    Warren Porter

    Jun 14, 2018

    A lovely tribute


  • Rebecca Morgan

    Rebecca Morgan

    Jun 14, 2018

    Pictures look great. such a wonderful idea


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    Jun 12, 2018


  • Ciaran Meyers

    Ciaran Meyers

    May 3, 2018

    A fantastic idea and a lovely tribute to Ben.


  • Max Rooksby

    Max Rooksby

    Mar 8, 2018

    This is a great idea to remember a wonderful person and to be enjoyed by Ben’s family, friends, colleagues and by others who never knew him.


  • Dawn Phythian

    Dawn Phythian

    Mar 7, 2018

    Lovely idea xx


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