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Robert Horne walks in memory of his son

May 5, 2011 @ 5:38 pm Posted in News Comments
Freelance Lighting Director Robert Horne is currently walking the length of the Thames in memory of his son Elliot.  Please read his letter to Media Parents below, and sponsor him at
Here is the letter he wrote to Media Parents and some photos from DAY ONE: May 4th when he started his walk in the Cotswolds.

Day 1: Lighting Designer Robert Horne starts his Thames walk in the Cotswolds on May 4th.

Hi Amy,
My name is Robert Horne and I am a freelance lighting director. I joined Media Parents on facebook last June as you were recommended and because I had my first child due a couple of weeks later. I thought it would be quite nice as I was about to become a “media parent”.
Sadly, Elliot contracted an infection in the womb and died during the final stages of labour. After his death my wife and I received a lot of help and support from SANDS, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity (Charity Registration No. 299679). They also fund research into the causes of stillbirths.

So to support them and in memory of Elliot I am setting out to walk the entire length of the River Thames (184 miles) over the next twelve days.
I wondered if there might be anywhere on your site that you might be able to give me a mention. I fully understand if this is not something you do, but you can but ask.
My just giving page is :
There will also be a blog:
If you can help that would be great.  Thanks for your time,
Robert Horne
Since this email was published through Media Parents there has been a fantastic response from people connected with Media Parents and beyond – please help to keep him going by sponsoring Robert a bit more, and do look out for him in Broadcast Magazine shortly.  More updates as we get them.

Day 1: "Not what I was expecting" Robert Horne.

Day 1: Robert's photo of the first bridge over the Thames.

Day 2: Cricklade to Radcot. "Old Father Thames keeping an eye on all who pass. Not quite sure why he has a spade," Robert Horne walks on.

Thames Walk Click on the link to see Robert’s Itinerary.

Day 3: Robert Horne between Radcot and Swinford.

End of Day 3: Rob's feet after 38 miles of the Thames path.

Day 4: Swinford to Abingdon, 16 miles. Rob's wife Jo joins him on the walk - many congratulations to both of you!

Day 5 : Rob Horne after Sunday lunch with Jo.

End of Day 5: 30 miles in, the first blister.

Day 6 feet. Wallingford to Reading, another 18 miles walked and just shy of £2,500 raised.

Day 6: The view from Reading Travelodge.

Day 7: Reading to Aston, Robert Horne passes the 100 mile mark!

Day 7: 72.5 miles left and over £2,500 raised for SANDS.

Day 8 : Hurley to Windsor, 18 miles.

by Amy Walker

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