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Pirate walk for charity funds

Staff at JH Kenyon Funeral Services in North London exchanged charity fundraising T-shirts for some pretty impressive pirate attire ready for a ‘pirate walk’ in aid of children’s charity The Pirate Castle. 

Along with friends and family members, they assembled as instructed by ‘Captain Jack Sparrow’ at Tottenham Hale station and for the gruelling 12-mile ‘Walk like a Pirate’ towards Camden Lock. 

This was to raise funds to support the charity’s work. Based at Oval Road, Camden, it offers a safe environment for children to enjoy the canals of Britain. Activities range from canoeing and kayaking to being a crewmember with the important task of assisting the ‘skipper’ with negotiating the locks on narrow boat trips. These all leave from Gilbey’s wharf in Camden.

Joined by other pirates, and armed with pirate flags and collection buckets, the JH Kenyon crew walked – or staggered – along the canal. They also demonstrated their true pirate tendencies by visiting all the hostelries on the way – to collect money of course.

They arrived at their destination six hours later weighed down with swag, or, more precisely, lots of money in the collection buckets gathered from the landlubbers, to be greeted by Gus Alston (chief pirate) at the Pirate Castle with a much deserved – and, in some case, needed – rum punch.

Funeral service arranger Sophie St George and funeral manager Tina Hill said the day was a lot of fun. “It’s a pleasure to support such a wonderful charity who offer so much to so many,” said Tina. “Their specially adapted boat Prince is amazing and trips are enjoyed by both the young and the elderly. 

“Thanks to the kindness and support of our sponsors we will be donating about £900 to the charity, which will enable local children to enjoy the facilities throughout the school holidays.”

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