Council Chairman to take on 15 mile walk for blind charity

Wednesday, 6 June, 2018

The chairman of Tendring District Council (TDC) is taking on a 15-mile Thames Bridge walk in aid of charity.

Starting at Putney Bridge and ending at Tower Bridge, criss-crossing over the Thames along the way, TDC Chairman Mark Platt is raising money and awareness for sight loss charity the RNIB.

As well as helping the charity itself, Cllr Platt is also supporting Frinton resident Bethan Phillips. Bethan, who has suffered with poor vision throughout her life, is doing the walk as part of her training for a four-day Inca Trail trek up Machu Picchu in Peru, which she is also completing to raise funds for the RNIB.

Cllr Platt and the group of nine others he is walking with hope to raise £1,000 from the event, which takes place on Saturday, June 9.

“I’m looking forward to taking on this challenge to not only raise funds for the RNIB but also awareness,” he said.

“Walking with Bethan and others in the group who are blind will be a real experience, and I hope to learn about what it is like for blind people to walk around – something sighted people take for granted.”

To donate to Bethan’s fundraising visit

Last updated on: 06/06/2018 - 10:44