The Mayor welcomes Heart2Heart charity walkers in Park Street

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News release: 01 November 2011

Last year's walkers in Park Street

The Deputy Mayor greets Johannes Shanmugam in Park Street as he walks from Birmingham to London for charity

The Mayor, Councillor Aislinn Lee will welcome Johannes Shanmugam as he reaches Park Street at 9am on Monday 7 November, as part of his 120 mile charity walk from Birmingham to London to raise money for the armed forces and to support an orphanage. This is the 2nd time he has done this charity walk.

The 120 mile challenge began on Wednesday 2 November in Birmingham and will take him past the war memorial in Park Street, concluding on Monday 7 November at Downing Street – this is equivalent to 4 marathons in 6 days.

The Mayor Councillor Aislinn Lee commented: “I will be delighted to welcome Mr Shanmugam back to St Albans district for the 2nd year, especially to my home village of Park Street once more.  I am honoured to be able to wish them well in their excellent endeavour to support Help For Heroes and the Serendip Children's Home.”

Upon arrival at Downing Street, Johannes will hand deliver a letter for the Prime Minister. Johannes commented: “we want to remind the Prime Minister about the many positive and uplifting things occurring such as the walk and to offer our heartfelt thanks to Britain as it has been a sanctuary for so many people.”

Johannes came to England as a refugee from the war in Sri Lanka and wishes to do his charity walk to thank the British public and the Armed Forces and to support an orphanage. He hopes to raise over £10,000 to support Help For Heroes and the Serendip Children’s Home in Sri Lanka, commenting: “having made the UK our home, we now want to help British troops be rehabilitated, whilst also supporting orphaned children still in Sri Lanka.”

“I had such a fantastic response from the British public last year. We raised over £7,000 and strangers even joined me to walk the route and provided accommodation along the way. I am really hoping for their generosity and support again this year. Anyone can donate via the secure pages of JUST GIVING at and even the smallest donation will go so very far.”

For further information about this walk contact:

Johannes Shanmugam
Tel: 07815 496902

Cllr Aislinn Lee, The Right Worshipful the Mayor of St Albans City & District.

Contact for the Mayor’s office:
Alison Orde, the Mayor’s Civic Officer
Tel: 01727 819544 E-mail:
Contact for the press:
Davina Mansell, Information and Communication Officer
Tel: 01727 819316. E-mail:
St Albans City and District Council 

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Help for Heroes:
Founded in October 2007, Help for Heroes is charity formed to raise money to support members of the Armed Forces, who have been wounded in the service of their country in Britain's current conflicts. Help for Heroes has provided over £99 million in grants that aim to provide practical, direct support for our wounded soldiers. Visit the website:

Serendip Children's Home:
Founded in 2009, the Serendip Children's Home is a non-profit organisation that benefits orphaned children of the Northern and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka. The programme of work includes: providing a loving and nurturing home, addressing children’s immediate needs of food and shelter, along with their progressive needs for education, social support and eventually, work and independence. Visit their website:

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The Deputy Mayor greets Johannes Shanmugam in Park Street as he walks from Birmingham to London for charity 8 November 2010.

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