Benjamin Van der Velde

Ben Van der Velde's Long Walk Home

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Whilst I should be busy sweating over my Edinburgh show I have decided to take on my biggest charity attempt yet.  

Last year myself and fellow comedian tried (and heroically failed) to visit ever embassy in London in 24 hours.  This year I've decided to up the stakes and visit every tube station (including the DLR, but not the Overground, pedantry fans) on foot.  This will mean covering about 350 miles over the space of a month, essentially meaning that on average I'll be walking a half-marathon a day!

I'm doing this in aid of the Refugee Council as, even though we may not really notice it right now in sunny old England, Europe is currently living through the worst refugee crisis since World War Two.  People just like you and me are fleeing Syria, Iraq, Eritrea and more from the utter madness that is going on there.  I'm lucky enough that 75 years ago my grandparents were able to get into this country and survive with relatively little fuss.  Sadly that's not happening today.  Refugees are having to walk almost the entire length of the continent in search of shelter and help - even then they are often not receiving it.  The Refugee Council is a remarkable organisation that is doing its utmost to provide assistance.  

I'm not walking across Europe, but walking all the way around and entire city - several times over - will hopefully highlight further the help people escaping conflict need.  If you like the idea of helping and the absolute state my legs and feet are going to be in by early July, then please donate.

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The Refugee Council is a leading charity working with refugees and people seeking asylum in the UK. We exist to support and empower people who have fled conflict, violence, or persecution in order to rebuild their lives here in the UK

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