On 17 May 2023, London cab driver and Taxi Charity volunteer Colin Mills from the village of Nazeing in Essex, will be setting off from Bowness-on-Solway, a village near Carlisle, to walk the Hadrian’s Wall Path to celebrate his 60th birthday and attempt to raise £2,500 for the Taxi Charity.
Colin said: "It’s my 60th birthday this year and I wanted to do something to mark the occasion while raising funds for the Taxi Charity. So, I decided to walk the Hadrian’s Wall Path and roped in my two brothers, Tony and David, to do the 84-mile walk with me."
Colin and his brothers are setting off on the 84-mile walk from Bowness-on-Solway on the west coast on 17 May. Along the route, they will be stopping at Carlisle, Newton, Gilsland, Steel Rigg, Humshaugh, Heddon-on-the-Wall and Wallsend before finishing at South Shields.
Colin continued: "As well as completing the length of Hadrian’s Wall, we will also achieve the unofficial coast to coast which I think will be a good way to mark my 60th, and spending the time with my brothers will make the experience even better. We have set ourselves a fundraising target of £2,500 for the Taxi Charity, which may be a bit ambitious with everyone facing the current cost of living crisis but the charity does such wonderful things to support veterans that we will do all we can to reach this goal."
Brian Heffernan, London taxi driver and chairman of the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans, said: "For the last 75 years, our small niche charity has relied on donations, grants and sponsorship and the goodwill of the amazing London cab drivers who volunteer their time for us. These men and women are incredibly generous and so many, like Colin, go the extra mile to try and raise additional money to help us fund our trips for veterans."
To support Colin, you can donate at www.justgiving.com/campaign/colin-mills-walking-hadrians-wall-for-taxi-charity.