Eight-year-old Soham schoolgirl Charlie King, her mum Lani and aunt Teri Goff have raised more than £2,700 for Cancer Research by walking 21 miles of London Underground’s Central line.
The walk, above ground, was done in memory of Charlie’s 39-year-old aunt Teresa King, from Isleham, who lost her battle with cancer earlier this year. Lani described the trio’s gruelling schedule which took in 26 Tube stations over the bank holiday weekend at the end of last month. On Sunday we walked from 9am to 4pm only stopping for lunch and a few breaks, and after staying at a hotel overnight we continued from 10am to 3.30pm the next day.
“By the end of the first day our feet were hurting and it was tough to get going again for the second day because because we were aching. “The last five miles were definitely the most difficult but I am proud of Charlie for completing it.”Transport for London (TfL) then offered to take Charlie back from Ealing Broadway to Redbridge in the driver’s cab of a Central line train and was shown how to drive it. “It was great experience to get a chance to go in the driver’s cab on the way back, the driver showed us how to open the doors and told us about the history of the underground,” said Lani.
Before the walk, the trio shad set themselves a target of £800 but that was smashed. “Charlie wanted to do something different to raise money and we came up with this idea, I am so proud of her,” said Lani. “We are all just blown away by the support, I think people realise what a big thing this is for a young girl to be attempting.”