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    Weʼve raised £2,015 to create a new autistic children's project in Streatham

    London, UK
    Funded on Sunday, 10th June 2018

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    I'm walking from the River Thames to the River Trent - that's 175 miles from London to Nottingham, following the Grand Union Canal.

    Why? I am setting up a new group in South London for autistic children called the Engine Shed.

    The Engine Shed is a special interest group for children and young people with autism. Many young people with autism have a special interest, and that special interest is often transport and railways in particular. The club will allow them to get together and enjoy their hobby in a safe and environment – and their parents can relax, and talk in a supportive atmosphere. The Engine Shed will be open once a month at weekends.

    There are already two Engine Sheds - in Reading and Chingford. http://www.theengineshed.org.uk/about-us/
    But it would be great to have one nearer central London.

    Why are we fundraising? We've got a venue to hire, model railways to buy, and a publicity campaign to run. So if you could spare a few quid to help me, that would be great.

    So, let's go! I've got a canal to follow. Nottingham, here I come ...

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    • Richard Semmens21 days ago
      Richard Semmens

      Richard Semmens

      21 days ago

      Sorry for the radio silence, but I've been busy spending all your donations on trains - lots of trains. Hornby, Brio, Tomy and Ertl. So now the Engine Shed in Streatham is ready to go. We're opening on Saturday 8 September from 2 to 4pm, and we'll be open on the second Saturday of every month through the year. You can follow the project on its facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Engine-Shed-South-London-651019911911889 Thanks again for your support, and here's to many hours of enjoyment for children on the autistic spectrum.

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    • Richard Semmens3 months ago
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      Richard Semmens

      3 months ago

      Day 8 of 8 ... which means I've completed my trek to Nottingham. Our plans for a grand family finale had to be altered when my wife Frances hurt her ankle yesterday, but I had my two boys for company today on the final soggy 10 miles into Nottingham. The final destination wasn't the prettiest canal location I've visited, but did mean I'd completed my London to Nottingham walk. At least 150 miles walked, 15 locks worked, 3 tunnels avoided, and too many blister plasters to mention.

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    • Richard Semmens3 months ago
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      3 months ago

      Well, Day 6 didn't go entirely to plan. My feet were complaining after just an hour. Along came my guardian angel at the next lock - Kev from Barnsley (with an accent to match) and the good ship Annie Louise. He offered me a lift in return for working the 15 locks into Leicester. It would have been rude to refuse, and my blisters approved. So not much actual walking today, but the canal locks gave my arms, back and legs a good workout. My feet also got a well-earned rest. We'll see what they're like in the morning.

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    Supporters

    74

    • Agnieszka  G.

      Agnieszka G.

      Jun 3, 2018

    • Alan and family

      Alan and family

      Jun 1, 2018

      Congratulations on completing the trek - now for the track and the trains.

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      May 31, 2018

      Chuffing good work. Here's hoping the blisters heal quickly and you can get that shed up and steaming in express time.

      £20.00

    • Elizabeth Mulcahey

      Elizabeth Mulcahey

      May 28, 2018

      Well done.

      £10.00

    • Matthew Wood

      Matthew Wood

      May 26, 2018

      Well done! I confess to not (until now) having read about your Streatham project. It sounds absolutely brilliant.

      £30.00

    • John Gray

      John Gray

      May 26, 2018

      Well done!

      £30.00

    • Serena Leonard

      Serena Leonard

      May 26, 2018

      Well done !

      £10.00

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    Richard Semmens

    Richard Semmens

    London, UK

    If you have depression like me, it can be really good for your mental health to get out more, exercise often, and to focus on a particular project or goal. So, I’m walking 175 miles(!) and hopefully raising £3000 to set up a new autistic children’s project in Streatham.

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