A group of children – all badly injured by fire and all unfamiliar with London – have set themselves an inspiring charity challenge in which they will walk 13 miles of the capital’s streets.

The youngsters have all been helped by the Northwood charity Children Of Fire, and on Saturday, September 20 they will take on The Monopoly Board Challenge, a walking tour of the landmarks associated with the popular board game.

Their aim is to raise as much money as possible to carry on the vital work of the charity, helping damaged kids come to the UK for life-changing surgery.

“They are the most complicated kids you can imagine,” said Bronwen Jones, whose 13-year-old adopted son, Sizwe, another burns victim, will be taking part.

Bronwen, 56, runs the charity’s UK arm from her home in Rickmansworth Road, Pinner. For the last 18 years she has carried out the unpaid role. Whatever money she can riase goes entirely towards surgery. Sizwe attends Northwood School in Potter Street.

Also taking part will be his adopted sister, Dorah, aged 20, plus patients Feleng, aged 12 and 10-year-old Zanele. Feleng and Zanele are in the UK temporarily, staying at Bronwen’s house and travelling to the world-famous McIndoe Surgical Centre in East Grinstead.

During the Second World War, New Zealander Archibald McIndoe carried out pioneering plastic surgery at East Grinstead, on seriously injured servicemen, many of them airmen with terrible facial burns.

They became known as The Guinea Pig Club. Its president today is His Royal Highness Prince Philip.

Nowadays the centre is a top-notch private clinic, but surgeons work free of charge for Children Of Fire.

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But other bills must be met, and the charity is constantly fundraising.

Former Times journalist Bronwen splits her time between London and Africa, helping children who fall victim to accidents. Mostly these are caused by cooking fires and naked flames for light, common in developing nations.

But some acts are deliberate.

Sizwe was purposely injured by his mother when living in South Africa. Dorah has undergone 32 operations in her lifetime.

During the walk, the friends will take ‘selfie’ pictures at each landmark, and will need most of the day to tick them all off.

Everyone is welcome to join in and walk too, but if you cannot make it, you can sponsor them at https://www.justgiving.com, then add /Sizwe-Jones1 or /Wendy-Ntswane, /Dorah-Jones, /Feleng-Mahamotse or /Zanele-Jeza1/ 

To come on the walk, meet at Elephant and Castle Tube at 10am. Wear comfortable shoes for walking and bring a snack and a drink, and rainwear, just in case.

You can learn more about the work of Children Of Fire at http://www.firechildren.org/