Put simply, walking needs a hero. Here, our president, Terence Bendixson tells how Living Streets has been built by a succession of walking heroes - and explains how you could follow in their footsteps as Remember A Charity In Your Will Week arrives.
In 1929, Tom Foley was the first person in Britain to seek to protect people on foot from cars. That was when he founded the Pedestrians’ Association, the precursor to Living Streets.
Tom gave a large part of his life to the charity and was still active in 1970 when he invited me to tea. I was easily won over by his arguments and have been part of the campaign ever since.
Lord Robert Cecil was the association’s first President and its other founding figure. Together they powerfully advocated driving tests, 30mph speed limits and zebra crossings – the things which make walking safer and more enjoyable today.
The expansion of the Pedestrians’ Association was thanks to a legacy from long-standing member, Enid Jeeves, enabling us to employ our first Director, Ben Plowden. Under his leadership, along with the then Chair of Trustees, Alastair Hanton, we became Living Streets in 2001.
Today our vision is to create a walking nation, where people walk every day, because walking to the shops, to work, or to see a friend is no longer the exception. Walking is the obvious answer to some of our big challenges, because when walking rates increase, congestion, pollution, obesity and other social problems decrease. The more we walk, the more our communities become friendlier, safer, nicer places to live.
I hope this vision is one that you want for your children and grandchildren. Living Streets’ campaigns are only possible because of the commitment and determination of our supporters – people like you.
Leaving a legacy is another way of supporting our campaign and making one is a big decision, but I hope you will consider it – as Enid Jeeves did. If you are able to leave a gift in your will, your generosity will help create this walking nation - ensuring that your passion for our cause lives on and making a difference for generations to come.
12-18 September 2016 - a great opportunity to make a lasting gift to Living Streets.