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Closed 30/09/2018



£817raised of £1,500 target by 18 supporters

    Weʼve raised £817 to continue to help fund Ben's memorial trail, a stretch along the Leeds Liverpool Canal.

    Leeds, United Kingdom
    Funded on Sunday, 30th September 2018

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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.



    • Ben's Colleagues3 months ago
      Ben's Colleagues

      Ben's Colleagues

      3 months ago

      That has been an amazing journey! All the markers are now in place and the plaques installed. Feel free to go down to the Memorial Trail in Leeds to have a look at them. We had a successful day fundraising more money during the memorial run/walk for Ben.We had visitors from different offices and Ben's running club! What an amazing way to tribute Ben.Thank you very much for your generosity!We couldn't have done it without your help.If you would like more information contact Dioni ( and Bob (

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      4 months ago

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    • Ben's Colleagues6 months ago
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      Ben's Colleagues

      6 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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    10 months ago

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    Page last updated on: 7/28/2018 8:20 PM



    • B Lane

      B Lane

      Jul 28, 2018

    • David and Janet Hudson

      David and Janet Hudson

      Jul 27, 2018

      A wonderful tribute for everyone to enjoy.


    • William Holloway

      William Holloway

      Jul 11, 2018

      A great memorial idea and asset to the community.


    • Tom Bridges

      Tom Bridges

      Jul 9, 2018

      Thank you to everyone who has been part of this fantastic initiative. I worked with Ben who was a great colleague and such a nice person.


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      Jul 4, 2018


    • Philip Wilkinson

      Philip Wilkinson

      Jun 27, 2018


    • 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


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