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Homeless hostel enjoy Bexley sites in London Loop challenge

PUBLISHED: 16:27 16 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:42 16 May 2018

The group have been enjoying the sites around parts of Kent. Picture: Winston Reid

The group have been enjoying the sites around parts of Kent. Picture: Winston Reid

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Branches Homeless Hostel, which supports single, homeless people, has brought together trustees, colleagues and friends to take on the challenge of the London Loop.

A favourite part of the walk through Bexley areas has been the visit to the Church of St Mary's. Picture: Winston Reid A favourite part of the walk through Bexley areas has been the visit to the Church of St Mary's. Picture: Winston Reid

After a successful 78 mile Capital Ring Walk in 2017 which raised £2,300, Branches trustees and their friends are now undertaking a more demanding walk to raise at least £5000.

The self-named ‘Loopy Walkers’ will take on the 150 mile circular walk around the edge of outer London in 10 stages, which will end in September, aiming to complete an average of 15-16 miles per walk to raise funds and awareness for the charity.

Trustee and organiser of the walk, Winston Reid, said: “None of us have walked that long a distance before.

“We are now at the fourth stage where we have just reached Petts Wood station after trekking through the countryside of Bexley, which started at Erith.”

The 'Loopy Walkers' will be starting the toughest part of the walk in three weeks. Picture: Winston Reid The 'Loopy Walkers' will be starting the toughest part of the walk in three weeks. Picture: Winston Reid

The group have so far covered 46 miles since starting at Chingford, Essex on April 14.

Funds raised will go towards Branches’ Resettlement Services which supports and prepares residents for leaving the hostel.

Winston added: “Our journey in Kent took us through the lovely countryside of the Darent Valley path, along the river Cray to Crayford and on to Hall Place where we stopped for lunch.

“From there we saw the old church of St Mary’s in Bexley and then continued along the River Cray and on to Petts Wood Station.”

The 'Loopy Walkers' will be starting the toughest part of the walk in three weeks. Picture: Winston Reid The 'Loopy Walkers' will be starting the toughest part of the walk in three weeks. Picture: Winston Reid

In three weeks, the group will undertake the mose challenging stage of the walk, which will lead them from Petts Wood to Hamsey Green in an 18 mile stretch.

At this half-way mark of the trek, the Loopy Walkers have raised around £2,500, meaning they are on track to raising their goal aim of £5,000 or even go beyond that.

Winston said: “We are really grateful to the many friends who have supported us on the three stages so far and to the many local businesses who have agreed to sponsor us for a £1 a mile, as well as providing T Shirts for the Walkers”.

To sponsor the Loopy Walkers visit www.give.net/TheLOOPChallenge2018.

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