AMATEUR sleuths can scour Harrow on the Hill for clues to crack a code and solve a brainteasing mystery in aid of St Luke’s Hospice.
Players must follow directions that lead them on a scenic two-mile walk around the area and its many historical locations in order to complete the Treasure Trail challenge.
Participants can tackle the test at their leisure over a couple of hours after having secured sponsorship in aid of the Kenton-based hospice – which the Observer is supporting through our Showing We Care readers’ campaign.
Kathryn Robinson, 55, of Kent Avenue, Ealing, who recently completed the trail with her husband said: “Architec-turally, Harrow on the Hill is a hidden gem, so it was lovely to take the time to explore it properly.
“The clues were quite tricky and some of them involved looking for detail on buildings and monuments. When you are rushing about during the week you tend not to look at things carefully, so it’s nice just to take some time to appreciate your surroundings.
“I am a town planner by profession and find it interesting to see how Harrow on the Hill has developed and how the school is integrated into the landscape.”
Entry costs £10 for adults and £5 for children. All those who take part will be entered into a £1,000 prize draw for which the presentation ceremony is at 2pm on Sunday, April 22 at Our Lady and St Thomas of Canterbury Church in Roxborough Avenue, Harrow.
Mrs Robinson’s husband, 55-year-old, Paul, said: “It’s a nice way to spend a morning and there are some good pubs en route. The only snag we hit was when one of the clues had been demolished by a car. If you get stuck, you can text for help on up to three clues.
“It would be a fun event to do with children because you could swap the pub stop with one of the nice tea shops and the spy-themed version for children is great.”
The Observer is supporting the hospice in its bid to raise £250,000 to mark its 25th anniversary this year. The money will help pay for expansion to all aspects of its operations, but especially the Hospice At Home outreach service. So far, the appeal has reached more than £217,000.
For more information or to go on the treasure trail, call Tim on 020 8382 8023, email email@example.com or visit www.stlukes-hospice.org/treasuretrail.