December 10 2013 Latest news:
Lizzie Dearden, Reporter
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
A club completed its 19th sponsored walk in aid of St Francis Hospice on Sunday.
Around 50 people joined the Rotary Club of Hornchurch and Upminster for the walk from Havering out into the Essex countryside.
Cllr Eric Munday, the mayor of Havering, set the group off from Thames Chase Forest Centre, in Cranham, for the six-mile ramble.
Walkers headed towards North Ockendon and back through Cranham Marsh, past Cranham Parish Church and completed the loop back at the centre,
Rotarian Brian Taffs said the group hopes to raise “several thousands of pounds” with the sponsored event.
He added: “We had a good day for our annual charity walk, which was once again a great success thanks to the support of the local community. The route was designed to draw attention to a number of local features of interest.”
Last year the walk raised £8,180 for services the hospice provides.
Hospice community fundraiser Lynda Head thanked the Rotary Club for their efforts.
She added: “The money raised will enable our doctors, nurses and medical team to care for people in their own homes and at the hospice.
“St Francis Hospice relies on community-minded people such as the rotary club members and walkers to help raise much-needed funds.”
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