The Big Bum-ble: Walking the River Lee

On Saturday 30th September, we will be walking the River Lee from Hertford to Limehouse Basin, a 30 mile trek that takes in Hertfordshire, north London and ends at the River Thames. The whole of Bowel & Cancer Research staff are donning their walking shoes and broad smiles on what we hope will be the first of many ‘Big Bum-bles’.

Matt Barnes-Smith on his previous challenge

This Bum-ble will be led by our Regional Ambassador: Matt Barnes-Smith, who previously took on the South Downs Way challenge – a 100 mile walk spanning 2 different counties. Like us Matt is passionate about funding research into bowel conditions and raising awareness about the daily struggle faced by those who live with chronic bowel conditions, so when he suggested we follow him down the River Lee, we said ‘yes! Of course’.

Matthew is particularly reaching out to anyone directly or indirectly affected by bowel disease – those he calls ‘everyday heroes’.

There are lots of everyday heroes in our lives – people who mean a lot to us, who do amazing things and have a huge impact but are never in the limelight. This walk is a tribute to them

The walk is split into 9 different stages, stopping at the bridges that pass over the River Lee. We are encouraging all our supporters, friends and family (even pets!) to join for all or part of the walk, whatever you feel comfortable with. You can find timings for each of the stops by clicking here.

If you have any questions or details on the event, visit Facebook page: @hikingforahero
or you can email Matt: [email protected] or [email protected]

For details on setting up a fundraising page for the event or help with raising funds offline, we suggest you look through the Bowel & Cancer Research FUNDRAISING PACK which contains sponsorship forms; Gift Aid information and advice on building a successful campaign.

A donation page has been set up to support the event and you can help us in our mission to create a future where no one dies of bowel cancer or has to live with a chronic bowel condition by donating here.