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As many of my clients will know outside of work I am an ardent cricket supporter, being a Somerset member for longer than I care to remember and I enjoy my history, hence the love of castles. At Citadel we believe in putting something back into society and have partnered with Taunton Opportunities Group (TOG), as our chosen charity over the last 8 years and have undertaken 3 sponsored challenges on their behalf.

Taunton Opportunity Group, or TOG provide a welcoming, safe and stimulating pre-school environment for children with a wide range of special needs and their families, encouraging development through play.

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Our Antonine Wall Walk – September 2021

Apologies for the delayed update but business has been busy since we hung up our walking boots last month!

In all we walked 47 miles. We were pleasantly surprised by the very varied terrain of the walk and the amount/expanse of physical wall still there to appreciate today.

The weather was kind to us – dry and at times even a little sunny – but not too hot – perfect for walking!

We worked well as a team and, when the going got tough, encouraged and supported each other – usually by the sharing of some anti inflammatory pain killers and an energy drink! The thought of the glass or two of wine/beer/cider in the evenings with dinner might also have spurred us on a little 😉  The overnight stops were fun and a good time to relax and chat about the events and progress of the day – also an opportunity to have a long soak in the bath!

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would like to thank everyone who has been kind enough to donate and help support TOG – a local and well deserved charity! We know your donations will be very much appreciated and will provide support to children with educational and medical needs and disabilities and their families.

Thank you and watch this space for our next adventure!

The Team at Citadel

P.S. It’s not too late to donate! Just click the button below!

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to TOG, so it’s the most efficient way to give -saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

THANK YOU!

 

DAY 3 & the Finish Line!

2021 September: Antonine Wall Walk

A little update from Day 2 of our walk to raise money for Taunton Opportunities Group (TOG).

We made it!! Here we are at the end of the walk, we’ll be back next week for a proper update, but for now we’re all heading to soak our aching feet in a hot bath! Thanks to everyone who has supported us! Still time to support us in raising funds for this local charity. You can do so via our Citadel Charity Walk Just Giving page – just click the button below…

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to TOG, so it’s the most efficient way to give -saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

THANK YOU!

Matthew and the team at Citadel

 

DAY 2!

2021 September: Antonine Wall Walk

A little update from Day 2 of our walk to raise money for Taunton Opportunities Group (TOG).

A few more photos from our walk and a few more miles under our belts!!

DAY 1!

2021 September: Antonine Wall Walk

A little update from Day 1 of our walk to raise money for Taunton Opportunities Group (TOG).

Yesterday we walked 19.5 miles! We’re all feeling sore and bruised today, but are setting off on the next stage of our adventure!! More photos to come soon – here’s a pic from the start of our walk on Day 1!

COMING SOON!

2021 September: Antonine Wall Walk

 

Following on from my last fundraising effort – walking the length of Hadrian’s Wall in 2017, I will soon be embarking on my next adventure and this time I have managed to persuade Lorraine and Darren to join me! On 22-24 September 2021, we will be walking the length of the Antonine Wall to raise money for TOG – Taunton Opportunities Group.

The walk will commence at Old Kilpatrick on the river Clyde and will see us walk 39 miles ending up on Bridgenesson river Forth.

The Antonine Wall stretches between Bridgeness on the Forth (east) to Old Kilpatrick (west) a distance of over 40 Roman miles. For a short period, in 2nd century AD, this was the northern frontier of the Roman Empire

TOG are a Taunton based charity who support families with babies and young children who have a wide range of special needs and disabilities.  You can find out more about them by visiting their website https://www.tauntonopportunitygroup.org.uk/

HOW YOU CAN HELP

The Citadel Team are aiming to raise at least £1,000 through sponsorship.  If you would like to support us in raising funds for this local charity you can do so via our Citadel Charity Walk Just Giving page – just click the button below…

 

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to TOG, so it’s the most efficient way to give -saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

THANK YOU!

Matthew and the team at Citadel

2017 Hadrian’s Wall Walk:

As you know, Matthew likes to give himself a biennial challenge to complete in support of his chosen local charity, TOG.

from 14th-17th October 2017, he followed in the steps of Roman Emperor Hadrian and walked the Hadrian’s Wall long distance path, built in 2nd Century AD.

The National Trail stretches for 84 miles from coast to coast across Northern England from Wallsend in Newcastle, to Bowness-on-Solway on the west coast.

 

Our Itinerary:

Friday 13th October – Arrival day. 

Check into 1st nights’ accommodation at the ‘Cumbria Park Hotel’ in Carlisle.

Saturday 14th October

Official start of the walk at Bowness on Solway then walk about 25 miles(40km) through Carlisle to the tiny Hamlet of Newtown; just to the north West of Brampton but just a few metres off the Hadrian’s Wall route. Overnight at Orchard house B&B.

Sunday 15th October

Walk approximately 25 miles (40km) from Newburn to the tiny hamlet of Grindon a few miles past Housesteads Fort but again pretty much on the Hadrian’s Wall route itself. Overnight at the Old Repeater Station B&B.

Monday 16th October

A big day! Walk approximately 27 miles (43km) from Grindon to the village of Newburn on the outskirts of Newcastle.  Overnight at Keelmans Lodge B&B.

Tuesday 17th October – Departure day

The final days walk started from our accommodation and was a mostly flat 12 mile stretch partly alongside the River Tyne through the suburbs and central Quayside of Newcastle before ending at Segedunum Roman Fort where the ‘Wall’ officially ends.

Matthew’s goal was to raise a target sponsorship of £1,000…??

TOG (TAUNTON OPPORTUNITY GROUP)
TOG is a small pre-school, started in 1974, specialising in supporting families with babies and young children who have a wide range of special needs and disabilities. They provide the highest quality learning experiences and support that enable each child attending TOG to achieve their full potential, and celebrating each child’s achievements by providing a rich, stimulating environment where children and supported by skilled adults who have excellent child development knowledge.

2015 Ashes Cycle Challenge:

Old Trafford  – Trent Bridge – Edgbaston – Lords & The Oval

 

Day      Time                Location                                              

Day 1    8.15 start         Old Trafford Cricket Club

Day 1   12.30               Miners Standard Pub DE4 2DR

Day 1   4.30                 Trent Bridge Cricket Club, Notts – photos in Pavillion

 

Day 2   8am                 Leave from Jury’s Inn Hotel NH2 3BJ

Day 2   12.30               Rose Inn, Baxterley CV9 2LE

Day 2   2.30pm            Edgbaston Cricket Ground – photo opportunity

Day 2   4.30pm            Manor Hotel, Meriden, Solihull

 

Day 3   7.30am            Leave hotel

Day 3   12.30pm          George Inn, Bricksworth NN6 9BO

Day 3   4.30pm            Wyboston Lakes Hotel MK44 3AL

 

Day 4   8am                 Leave from hotel

Day 4   12.30               Belle Hotel SG4 8XD

Day 4   3.30pm            Lord’s cricket ground

Day 4   4.30pm            Oval – finishing line

Day 4   5.30pm            Head to Holiday Inn Express, Earls Court

2013 Ashes Cycle Challenge:

Chester Le Street – Old Trafford  – Trent Bridge – The Oval and then Lords

 

A fund-raising event run in partnership with the England Cricket Board, involving over 80 individuals cycling 340 miles over 4 ½ days to the five cricket grounds hosting the Ashes tournament that year. Quite a challenge as I hadn’t been on a bike since I was 15!!

Cricket legend Mike Gatting OBE and TV celebrity diving judge Leon Taylor were two of the initial participants in the inaugural Investec Ashes 2013 Cycle Challenge. Organised by James Bedingfield, a Senior Investment Director in the Sheffield office of Investec Wealth & Investment (“IW&I”), the ride began at Chester-le-street Cricket Ground in Durham on July 13th and finished at Lord’s on July 17th, the day before the 2nd Test match against Australia, and  visited Old Trafford, Trent Bridge and the Oval on the way.

Collectively raising over £15,000??? final figure? for our very worthwhile causes!

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