Thousands Descend On Windsor Great Park For

Over 4,500 participants convened on the grounds of Windsor Great Park on Sunday April 29th to show their support for the annual Charity Walk for Peace. The walk, now in its 28th year, and held this year in association with Runnymede Borough Council and the Mayor of Runnymede, witnessed incredible scenes from the start, with over 160 charities represented, Mayors, community groups, schools, civic leaders and members of the public all convening at the start line on a chilly but pleasant morning. Alongside the wonderful scenic route, stalls selling hot and cold food and snacks, charity stalls, exhibitions and fun activities were available for all to enjoy with free entry on the day. In the official opening session of the walk, several dignitaries addressed the thousands gathered, including:

  • Dr. Ijaz ur Rehman, President AMEA UK
  • Cllr. Iftikhar Chaudhri, the Mayor of Runnymede
  • Mr. Paul Turrell, CEO Runnymede Borough Council
  • The Right Honourable Sir Ed Davey, MP
  • Mr. Nick Wood Dow, Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Surrey
  • Mr. Surinder Arora, Arora Group
  • Mr. Nick Prescott, Leader of Runnymede Borough Council
  • Mr. Graham Barker, High Sheriff for the Royal County of Berkshire
  • Mr. Rafiq Hayat, National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community


It is indeed a great pleasure for me to be here this morning.
In 1985 we started these walks and had 300 participants and raised £1500, that was the start. His Holiness said that the time will come when several thousands will join this walk and millions of pounds will be raised and indeed every year this Charity Walk for Peace grows.
We are hoping to raise £1,000,000 for British charities. The community does a lot of charity around the world, but this event particularly focuses on British charities, this is why I am very proud that a large number of you will benefit.
I thank the organisers for the deserving effort they have made, I thank Runnymede Borough Council and I thank Mr Arora. I would like to in particular thank all the charities who are participating today because it is your hard work and dedication that the people of this country are going to benefit from.

Mr Rafiq Hayat National President, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK

Thank you for inviting me today and I wish you all great success and the enjoy the day…

Mr Graham Barker High Sheriff, Royal Borough of Berkshire

I hope you have a wonderful walk today in Windsor Great Park and I thank all the efforts from the officers at Runnymede Borough Council.

Mr Nick Prescott Leader of Runnymede Borough Council

I am here on behalf of Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant.
Surinder’s [Arora] neighbour is Her Majesty the Queen as she owns Windsor Great Park where you all are and where you’ll be walking today.
I thank Sir. Ed Davey MP for being here and I thank the High Sheriff of Berkshire for being here.
Thank you to all the Councillors and all the Mayors and deputy Mayors for being here and for supporting our own Mayor.
The organisation has been excellent and all these people being here is a great tonic for the many charities.

Mr Nick Wood Dow Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Surrey

I would like to welcome you all to this wonderful event for such a great cause.
The CEO of Runnymede Borough Council and the Mayor of Runnymede spoke to me last year so passionately about this event that I said sure we can use the premises at Saville court to host this event.
I see the passion in the Mayor and the team. It is a wonderful event. It is successful because of all of you traveling from hundreds of miles away for charity. Let’s raise as much as we can.

Mr Surinder Arora, The Arora Group

Let me say what a wonderful sight it is to see so many high viz jackets in front of me.
It is a wonderful event, going for many years, with a huge amount of effort. We feel very proud that its Runnymede’s turn this year. We are going to make a huge amount for charity and have a lot of fun and I thank the mayors for joining us from Surrey.

Paul Turrell, CEO Runnymede Borough Council

I am truly humbled to see so many friends and colleagues out here today raising money for their charities.
We have worked incredibly hard around the clock over the last 8 months having overcome huge challenges to make this event possible in one of the most beautiful and historic settings in the country.
I think it is extremely fitting for the walk for peace to be held in the wonderful birthplace of democracy where the Magna Carta was sealed over 800 years ago.
I see thousands of walkers from hundreds of charities in front of me. Thank you for coming out and supporting us.

Cllr. Iftikhar Chaudhri, The Mayor of Runnymede

Can I congratulate all the charities who are walking today, can I pick out two…..
First of all Humanity First, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Charity, that His Holiness supports so much, with the work it does both in the UK and abroad and it deserves huge recognition and I am glad so many people are walking for it today.
Because your message of peace, Love For All, Hatred For None is so powerful I would like also to mention a local charity, Love Kingston……

The Right Honourable Sir Ed Davey MP

On behalf of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association and AMEA UK, I welcome you to the Charity Walk for Peace 2018 in association Runnymede Borough Council.
The Concept is that every penny raised goes to charity with all administrative costs being met by the members of AMEA UK.
We are grateful to Runnymede Borough Council who have been an immense support this year and I am very grateful to the large number of charities and the population who have turned up to support the wonderful work charities do…

Dr. Ijaz ur Rehman, President AMEA UK


  • Over 4,500 Participants
  • 160 Charities Represented on the Walk
  • Over 200 charities registered online
  • 4 Borough Mayors
  • The Mayor of Runnymede
  • The Mayor of Epsom & Ewell
  • The Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kingston
  • The Mayor of Waverly
  • High Sheriffs
  • Deputy Lord Lieutenant
  • Uniformed Soldiers from the Welsh Guards and
  • 400 Cubs and Scouts
  • Councillors
  1. 121 northwest surrey
  2. 1st / 4Th Addlestone(St Paul’s) Cubs Scouts
  3. 1st Cherstey Scout Group
  4. 1st Engelfield Green Scout Group
  5. 1st Englefield Green Rainbows
  6. 1st Ottershaw Scout Group
  7. 1st Virginia Water Scout Group
  8. 2nd Englefield Green Brownies
  9. 2nd Englefield Green Guides
  10. 2nd New Haw Scout Group
  11. Thorpe Nursery Preschool Ltd
  12. 398 Staines & Egham Air Cadets
  13. ABF The Soldiers Charity Surrey
  14. Action For Children
  15. Action For Kids
  16. Addlestone Canoe Club
  17. Adoption Focus
  18. Adoption Focus Family Society
  19. Age Concern Epsom
  20. Age Concern Epsom & Ewell
  21. age uk croydon
  22. Age Uk Waltham Forest
  23. Age Uk Wandsworth
  24. Anna Kennedy Online
  25. Ashford & St. Peter’s Hospitals Charitable Fund
  26. Asian healthcare association
  27. Bakersfield & Neighbourhood Community Association
  28. Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
  29. Birmingham Christmas Shelter
  30. Breath Of Life Seventh Day Adventist Church
  31. Brotherhood of the Cross and Star
  32. Canterbury Care Centre
  33. Canterbury Care Centre (SW Surrey association for mental health Ltd)
  34. Caritas Anchor House
  35. CFAB (and Spirit UK)
  36. Children And Families Across Borders (CFAB)
  37. Children of Peace
  38. CHRIST Church New Malden Primary School PTA
  39. Community First
  40. Concern For Mental Health
  41. Coombe Hill Junior School PTA
  42. Croydon & Sutton Samaritans
  43. Dementia Carers Support
  44. Dementia Carers Support Runnymede
  45. Dementia Friendly
  46. Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre
  47. EAWA
  48. Eikon
  49. ELHAP
  50. Elmbridge Community Link
  51. EmployabilityUK
  52. Endeavour Explorers
  53. Enfield Asian Welfare Association
  54. Englefield Green Beavers
  55. Englefield Green Brownies
  56. Englefield Green Cubs
  57. Epsom & Ewell Mayor’s Charity Fund
  58. Family Society – Adoption Focus
  59. First Chertsey Scouts
  60. Girlguiding
  61. hearts young homeless
  62. Helen and Douglas House
  63. Help The Heroes
  64. Hestia
  65. Hestia Housing And Support
  66. Homestart
  67. Home-Start Richmond Kingston and Hounslow
  68. Hopetowns
  69. Housing Justice
  71. KAG
  72. KCAH
  73. Kings Norton Girls’ School
  74. Kingston Advocacy Group (KAG)
  75. Kingston Carers’ Network
  76. Kingston Churches Action on Homelessness
  77. Kingston Mencap
  78. Kingston Samaritans
  79. Langar Aid / Khalsa Aid
  80. Learn English At Home
  81. LinkAble
  82. Love Kingston (Kingston Voluntary Action)
  83. lukiema uk
  84. Luncbowl Network
  85. Mayors Charity Runnymede Borough Council
  86. Meadow High School (Special School)
  87. Millies Foundation
  88. National Institute for African Studies (NIAS)
  89. National Trust Runnymede
  90. NCBI Nottingham
  91. Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice
  92. OCD Action
  93. One to One North West Surrey
  94. Paul’s Cancer Support Centre
  95. Railway Trust
  96. Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity
  97. Redbridge Samaritans
  98. RHLT (Richmond Homes & Lifestyle Trust)
  100. RIVER CHURCH (Forest Estate Community Hub)
  101. Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity
  102. RSBC
  103. Runnymede Food Bank
  104. RUNNYMEDE Disabled Swimmers
  105. Runnymede District Scout Council
  106. Runnymede Explorers
  107. Runnymede Rentstart
  108. Runnymede and Spelthorne Citizens Advice
  109. Samaritans
  111. Samaritans (Kingston)
  112. Samaritans Of Croydon & Sutton
  113. Save the children
  114. South Staffordshire
  115. SPEAR Homeless Charity
  116. Staffordshire Wildlife Trust
  117. SW Surrey Association for Mental Health (Canterbury Care Centre)
  118. The Ashford And St Peter’s Hospitals Charitable Fund
  119. The Brothers Trust
  120. The Fircroft Trust
  121. The Lunchbowl Network
  122. The Orchard Dementia Centre
  123. The Orchard Dementia Centre, Chertsey
  124. The Passage – Home for Good (HFG) social club
  125. The Passage – Sunday Social Club
  126. The Renewal Programme ( Newham Community Renewal Programme)
  127. The Sunny Bank Trust
  128. Thorpe nursery
  129. Tolworth Girls School
  130. Tolworth Girls School Parent Teacher Association
  131. Turn2us
  132. Voluntary Support North Surrey
  133. WAVE Trust
  134. Welldon Activity Group
  136. Wickwood Campsite – Girlguiding
  137. Women’s Aid Integrated Services
  138. Wycombe Homeless Connection


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Charity Walk for Peace
A walk organised by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Elders Association
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