Broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby will lead a charity walk past the Richmond and Twickenham Times’s spiritual home in memory of his father and former editor Richard Dimbleby.

The 71-year-old is organising the night walk on June 10 for the Dimbleby Cancer Care charity after the success of last year’s event, which raised £97,000.

The charity was set up by the Dimbleby family after the RTT’s former editor Richard Dimbleby died in 1965.

Mr Dimbleby said: “It was founded in memory of my father, who died of cancer 50 years ago – he was very renowned and a much-loved public figure.

“Money came in after his death which we planned to give to charity and, while it wasn’t planned, we found we had enough to set up a charity.

“Now we are expanding to meet demand and we need to raise funds to continue delivering services.”

The 32-mile walk starts at St Thomas’ Hospital in Southwark and finish at Guy’s Hospital, where the charity will have its new home later this year at the new Guy’s Cancer Centre.

The money raised last year contributed to two posts at the Citizens’ Advice Bureau to help cancer victims with financial and professional difficulties they may encounter.

He said: “This year we are trying to do even better and it is a big, big challenge.

“We will walk down from the hospital towards Richmond and hopefully get into the park before coming back up the green.

“It is great fun walking with a small group, you can have some great conversations because everyone opens up and talks.”

The walk past Richmond Green will see Mr Dimbleby lead the group past the RTT’s offices in King Street, where it was based from its 1873 beginnings until 2007.

Frederick William Dimbleby bought the newspaper in 1894 after its founder Edward King had a nervous breakdown and was declared insane.

His son Richard Dimbleby took over as managing director and editor-in-chief in 1946 and remained in the role until his death.

Mr Dimbleby said: “I was a child when I first went to the Richmond and Twickenham Times – I remember going in when the paper was being put to press and seeing the first editions.

“There was this wonderful smell of hot metal and people were hurrying about to take copies into the vans which would deliver them to the newsagents.

“I have a real affection for the RTT and for Richmond.”

His brother and fellow broadcaster David Dimbleby took over as managing director until 2001 when the title was sold to Newsquest.

The newspaper was then based in London Road, Twickenham, until summer 2014, when it moved out of the borough for the first time to Sutton.

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