Last week Andrew Morris completed 12 day pilgrimage walk in memory of his father Ralph and was at the same time was raising funds for The Kail Foundation, the charity affiliated to the club set up to fund the club’s activities within the local community. Andrew walked the Portuguese Coastal Camino, finishing in Santiago last week on the 7 October, a total of 262km!
His father, Ralph, played for Dulwich Hamlet in the early 1950’s until, as Andrew put it was his dodgy knees forced him to give up the game prematurely.
However, The Hamlet remained an important part of Ralph’s life and the football club recently held a league fixture in his honour, over 60 years since he last played for the club.
The walk started in Porto, Portugal and ended in Spain (in Santiago de Compostela to give it its full name) at the site the iconic Cathedral at the end of Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route. You can re-live his journey via Andrew’s update on his twitter account @just_retiring
Andrew said on his donation page “Like Edgar, Dad only ever wanted to wear the Hamlet's pink and blue shirt, so it's fitting that any donations you feel able to make in support of this pilgrimage in Dad's memory will find their way to projects and initiatives so closely allied to Dulwich Hamlet and their local community.”
All the money Andrew raised will benefit our local community, through The Kail Foundation, with specific projects being considered that would allow Dulwich Hamlet players (from both the men’s and women’s teams) to coach young players in local schools and holding an end of term football competition.
You can still donate by visiting his chuffed page linked below.
Finally, Andrew is also looking to set up a local 'walking football' team and possibly a tournament so more mature people to be able to continue playing the beautiful game. As soon as we have any further news regarding this, we will publicise via the Trust media outlets.
Well done Andrew!!!