Pride month 10k Thames walk

Image above: Pride celebrations at the Black Lion

Raising money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association

By Lucinda MacPherson

More than 200 people signed up for a 10k Thames walk on Saturday 3 June, organized by the West London Queer Project in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Motor Neurone Disease is a debilitating neurodegenerative condition that affects thousands of individuals worldwide. It progressively damages the nerves responsible for muscle control, leading to difficulties with movement, speech, and breathing. The MNDA provides crucial support to those living with MND, as well as their families and caregivers.

Image above: Walkers with Jeremy Vine and Ruth Cadbury (R)

Jeremy Vine and Ruth Cadbury MP give support

Broadcaster Jeremy Vine and Ruth Cadbury MP were there at the start to give support. Ruth said:

“It’s great that one great cause and one great movement have come together today to support each other. Today’s event will raise awareness and funds for the MND association which does a great job.

”MND is one of those silent diseases, difficult to diagnose, that many GPs only come across once in their career.

“The West London Queer Project are a fantastic, enthusiastic group of people supporting each other across West London, here limbering up for Pride on July 1st.”

June is Pride month, with events happening all month, and the big London Pride parade takes place on Saturday 1 July.

Image above: ‘Beary Poppins’ with Vojin Soskik and Adam Jones from The Hogarth Club

Finishing with a sing along in the Black Lion’s beer garden

Vojin Soskik, and Adam Jones from The Hogarth Club got the crowd warmed up, gamely accompanied by Beary Poppins in vertiginous heels.

After a beautiful stroll along the sunlit Thames everyone came back to party in the Black Lion pub’s garden where we discovered, after just one pint and without ever having seen either, that we knew all the words to Frozen and Celine Dion’s greatest hits.

Images above: First the serious bit – the walk

West London Queer Project

The West London Queer Project is an inclusive community organization dedicated to fostering unity, acceptance, and empowerment within the queer community of West London. By organizing events and initiatives, WLQP aims to create a safe and supportive environment for all individuals, celebrating diversity and promoting social change.

The Motor Neurone Disease Association provides support to those living with MND, their families, and caregivers, while also funding research to understand the causes of the disease, investigate potential treatments, and ultimately find a cure.

Images above: Black Lion’s beer garden taken over for a sing along

Photographs and words Lucinda MacPherson.