Simon and the rest of the group who participated in the 2016 ‘Walk the Tube’ challenge

Graduate pulls out all the stops for charity

An Exeter alumnus travelled to all 270 London Underground stations in just one day to raise money for charity. Simon Dewhurst (BA Accounting and Finance 2014) took part in the ‘Walk The Tube' challenge event, which is an established world record recognised by Guinness World Records and a challenge that has been attempted since 1959.

Simon and his team started at Kensington Olympia at 5.30am, and after 62 interchanges (many of which were sprinted to) finished at Chesham 18 hours, 56 minutes and 58 seconds later.

Although his team were not competing for the record, Simon was taking part in the challenge to raise money for Grove Cottage, who are based in Bishop's Stortford and help people of all ages with learning disabilities to develop their potential, avoid social isolation and provide respite for their families.

Simon, who at the time of writing has managed to raise a total of £880 for Grove Cottage, said "Completing the Tube Challenge was one of the best experiences of my life. Although it was an exhausting and at times stressful day, it was well worth it to fulfil a childhood dream and raise a large amount of money for Grove Cottage. I was overwhelmed by the donations I received which will be used to help improve the lives of people with learning disabilities in Essex and Hertfordshire. I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated and supported me on the day. I have been inspired by other University of Exeter Business School alumni raising money for charity and I hope that I will get another opportunity to do some fundraising in the near future."

You can see Simon’s justgiving page here.

Date: 17 March 2016

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