On Saturday 7th October, a large group of over 100 Eagles fans will make the 26.2 mile trek from Selhurst Park to Trafalgar Square to raise money for the Palace for Life Foundation. Here you can find out everything you need to know about this remarkable feat for a good cause.
Why is the march happening?
Proceeds raised from the event will go towards supporting the Foundation’s mission of “helping young south Londoners grow through sport”. They focus on young people who face severe challenges in their lives, including mental health, social exclusion, obesity, disability and finding employment.
Their priorities for the coming season include tackling inactivity and mental health, getting people fit and ready to work, and providing early intervention for those at risk.
Where can I catch the fundraisers on the route?
The walk starts at Selhurst Park at 8am, passing through Richmond Park and Kew and along the embankment to Trafalgar Square, via the House of Commons.
Their rough itinerary includes:
- 08.00: Depart from Selhurst Park
- 10.50-11.15: Morning rest stop – Windmill Tea Rooms, Windmill Rd, Wimbledon, SW19 5NQ
- 13.50-14.30: Lunch stop, The Botanist on the Green, 3-5 Kew Green, Richmond, TW9 3AA
- 16.30-17.00: Afternoon rest stop – The Imperial, 577 King’s Road, SW6 2EH
- 18.30-19.30: Cross the finish line – The Mall/Admiralty Arch
- End of walk celebration/refreshments- The Admiralty, 66 Trafalgar Square, St James’
Who will be taking part?
So far, there are 110 confirmed participants, including some notable faces for Palace supporters in the form of ex-Eagles Andrew Johnson and Andy Gray, who both won England caps during their time in SE25.
Comedian, political satirist and Foundation Trustee Kevin Day will also be involved, as well as Ed Warner, the Chair of the Foundation Trustees, and Lib Dem MP for Carshalton, Tom Brake. Representatives from the club, the Foundation, Five Year Plan and Proud and Palace will also be getting involved, as well as a number of participants on Foundation programmes.
How much are they hoping to raise?
The Foundation have set a lofty aim of raising £40,000 to help them with all their good work throughout the season. Thanks to the support of supporters, friends and family of those taking part, they have nearly raised 75% of this total already.
How I can support this great cause?
If you would like to help them hit the £40,000 mark, then you can donate £5 by texting CPFC17 5 to 70070 or by donating online.