In 2016, JJ walked the Marches in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support
JJ writes: “I have always said I walk for the sheer love of rambling through amazing landscapes, and I gig at the end of the day to celebrate our arrival, and sing songs for pleasure that hopefully draw together the strands of the day in their stories and shared choruses. To walk, to arrive, to gig and to celebrate together with like-minded people.
This year, given my personal story of last year, I feel it is time to give something back and so for the first time I will walk for Macmillan Cancer Support and ask you to sponsor me through JustGiving or join us on the walks and give your time, or both. Both walks this year are in the beautiful Welsh Border country and will by the end bring me home to where the Ramblers’ Tours started 7 years ago and with 1,000 miles walked. Hope you can make it. Meet You There . JJ”
At the start of 2017, JJ wrote: “thank you yet again for the £7,220 we raised on JustGiving for Macmillan Cancer Support, which put us into the top 1% of their fund-raisers last year.”
Here’s why the work of Macmillan Cancer Support matters so much:
Spring Bank Holiday week – 3 Castles, 3 Breweries, 4 walks
– a circular walk from Presteigne, taking in Ludlow, Wistanstow, Bishop’s Castle and back to Presteigne. Some 60 miles in total, this walk took in historic castles and three of England’s finest independent breweries. John and the Reluctant Ramblers played three gigs and a session on this walk. Click here for further details.
September – Hereford 100 – The Homecoming Tour
An outline of this walking and singing tour can be found by clicking here
The walk started at Bromyard on Sunday 11th September, and followed the Oysterband headline set at the Bromyard Folk Festival on the Saturday night, and finished on Saturday 17th as part of the Kington Walking Festival with a Reluctant Ramblers gig that night at the Burton Hotel.
As he approached Kington at the end of this walk, John had walked 1,000 miles in the company of musicians and other ramblers.