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Dickens' great great grandsons raise money for literacy

30 Jul 2012

Ian and Gerald DickensIan and Gerald Dickens, great-great-grandsons of the inimitable Charles Dickens, have picked up their top hats, dusted down the great man's map and taken up the challenge to raise £10,000 for our charity and the Charles Dickens Statue Fund during this Dickens bi-centennial year.

Starting from Golden Square in the heart of London on Sunday 5 August their route will follow that taken by Nicholas Nickleby and his beloved friend Smike in Dickens’s classic of the same name.

Accompanied for the first five miles by other Dickens family members, their route will take them west out of London, through Kingston, Guildford and Godalming (where Nicholas and Smike stopped for the night) before continuing towards the South Downs via the Devil's Punchbowl at Hindhead, Petersfield and Rowlands Castle (at the Robin Hood Inn) where Gerald will perform one of his worldwide acclaimed shows.

On their arrival in Portsmouth, they will pass the Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum and then on through Old Portsmouth to Guildhall Square, to the spot where sculptor Martin Jennings superb statue will be unveiled.

Their journey will be divided into sections with overnight stops in Esher, Godalming, Petersfield and Rowland's Castle. Their arrival into Portsmouth’s Guildhall Square will coincide with the opening ceremony of the Dickens Fellowship International Conference, which is being held in the city for this bicentenary year.

All funds raised from the walk will be split between the Charles Dickens Statue Fund and the National Literacy Trust. Click here to support our charity.

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