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U.K. Licensing Industry Leaders Hike for Mental Health Charity

Licensing executives Ian Downes, Paul Bufton, Simon Gresswell and Chris Isitt have planned to take on the Thames Bridges Challenge this September.

The challenge will honor the memory of Ian’s son, Calum, who passed away in 2015 at the age of 19. It will see the team cross every London bridge, starting at Putney Bridge and ending at Tower Bridge.

As a whole, the route will cover approximately 16 miles. The group’s goal is to raise £7,000 for MIND–a mental health charity that provides help and care for those with mental health issues.

To kick start the 2019 fundraising effort, the licensing executives will host a taster, “hikeforcal,” and are extending an open-industry invitation to join them for the event. The walking tour will take in some of the sights and pubs of London. Attendees will get a free drink included with their £30 ticket.

To attend the pre-hike event or pledge your support and donate to the hike, visit All proceeds go directly to MIND. 

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