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Homeless hostel workers enjoy Bromley sites in London Loop challenge

PUBLISHED: 11:13 04 June 2018 | UPDATED: 12:33 04 June 2018

The walkers came together for the fourth section of the walk. Picture: Winston Reid

The walkers came together for the fourth section of the walk. Picture: Winston Reid

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Workers from a homeless hostel have been taking part in the London Loop Challenge, and recently completed the fourth section of the trek, which saw them exploring several Bromley sites.

The group enjoyed the walk through parts of Bromley. Picture: Winston ReidThe group enjoyed the walk through parts of Bromley. Picture: Winston Reid

Branches Homeless Hostel brought together trustees, colleagues and friends to take on the challenge after a successful 78 mile Capital Ring Walk in 2017, which raised £2,300.

The group decided to undertake a more demanding walk this year, aiming to raise at least £5,000.

The self-named ‘Loopy Walkers’ began the 150 mile circular walk around the edge of outer London on April 14, and are aiming to end the walk in September.

On Saturday, June 2, they met at Petts Wood in Bromley to walk stage four (18 miles) to Hamsey Green.

On the sunny day, they were able to enjoy the countryside of Jubilee and High Elms country parks.

Trustee and organiser of the walk, Winston Reid, said: “Bromley had other historic landmarks such as the Wilberforce Oak, where we enjoyed our picnic lunch.

“Addington Hill was a real challenge after walking 14 miles but the view from the top of London was a good reward.”

The walkers have so far covered 64 miles since starting at Chingford, Essex, and the Bromley section of the walk proved to be the most challenging part so far.

Funds raised will go towards Branches’ Resettlement Services, which are a vital part of the hostel’s work as they help to provide the extra, in-depth support needed by some clients who struggle with independent living after they move on from the hostel.

Mr Reid said: “We also give person-centred support, facilitating the changes that homeless individuals strive to make in their lives.”

Stage five of the walk from Hemsey Green to Ewell (14 miles) takes place on June 16.

Mr Reid added: “We are really grateful to the many friends who have supported us on the four stages so far and to the many local businesses who have agreed to sponsor us financially and by providing T-shirts for the Walkers”.

The group have so far raised £2600.

If you would like to sponsor the Loopy Walkers visit www.give.net/TheLOOPChallenge2018.

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