Greetings, people of England, the Commonwealth and the World.
Welcome to the website of the Lonely Knight.
You have obviously clicked this link because you are curious about what drives a man to walk 55 miles in armour, from the coast to the capital city.
Let me enlighten you.
Many years ago, my younger brother and two friends invited me out for a drink to celebrate St Georges Day. We wore the colours, and visited several pubs, but along the way, realized that very few people even knew that it was St Georges Day, even asking us who England were playing at football… From that day, I vowed to spread the word to anyone who cared to listen, and never again would I go to work on the day of our nation’s patron saint.
Now, about 10 years later, I have spent more money than I care to think about on a full suit of armour, and St Georges Day has grown in stature in Worthing year to year, with amazing support from the Rose and Crown in Montague Street, who shut down the road each year and hold a children’s street party, involving local businesses and people from a real mix of cultures, making it an event which is enjoyed by everyone.
2011 is a special year.
Saturday 23rd April is St Georges Day.
Friday 29th April is the Royal Wedding in Westminster, London.
It has been said that a man carrying around 5 stone in armour could not walk to London in that time unless he is a super strong, super fit, mentally tough and heroic individual.
Cometh the hour, cometh the man…
Unfortunately, I don’t fit the description above. I work in an office, eat bad food and don’t do enough exercise. My stomach would feel at home on a weeble (remember them?) and I have a tendency to take the easy option… What a great place to start!
I will be waving my fond farewell to the coastal paradise we call Worthing, dressed in full armour, to carry a rose on behalf of the Mayor and the people of Worthing, to Westminster, where I will complete my mission by casting the Rose, from the Rose and Crown, in front of the carriage carrying the happy couple (the crown).
As you can see, I’m raising money in online sponsorship through ‘just giving’ for Chestnut Tree House, the only children’s hospice in Sussex, who make such a difference to the lives of seriously ill children and their families.
I will also be collecting on the way (dragging a treasure chest into which much gold will be thrown, I hope) for Help for Heroes and Chestnut Tree House.
I do hope that you will take the time to press the button and sponsor me – and please, spread the word. Every penny raised makes such a difference.
I am dressed as the traditional image of St George.
This is intended to arouse pride and raise a smile in everyone I meet, regardless of colour, religion or country of origin. I do not intend any offence to any group of people, nor am I making any sort of political statement.
Please, if anyone has concerns, put them behind you, come and see me on my journey, talk to me, and together we will raise as much as possible for these well deserving charities.