The Bowmark team walked a combined 1,369km along the famous river path from Putney Bridge to Henley-on-Thames, with some walking 100km in 24 hours.
PiP, a London-based charity which Bowmark has supported for three years, delivers person-centred support to adults with learning disabilities, providing its students with life and vocational skills which enable them to lead fulfilling lives and, for many, to enter employment.
The money raised by the Bowmark team will fund PiP’s social enterprise, Fruitful, a pop-up fruit juice stall run by its students. Fruitful offers PiP’s students the opportunity to develop workplace skills, including product creation, food hygiene and marketing. It also provides experience in teamwork, customer communication and handling payments, which helps to build confidence and prepare students for the working environment.
Charles Ind, managing partner of Bowmark, commented: “We are delighted to be supporting the inspirational work done by PiP’s amazing and dedicated team of staff and volunteers in helping to empower people with learning disabilities. PiP truly enhances the lives of its students, by extending their independence and their choices, and we are excited to be making a contribution by funding the Fruitful project.”