Romford Scouts complete charity walk for Saint Francis Hospice

PUBLISHED: 12:04 03 October 2017 | UPDATED: 12:04 03 October 2017

Scouts together just before setting off on their walk in memory of Paul Leeper. Picture: Saint Francis Hospice

Scouts together just before setting off on their walk in memory of Paul Leeper. Picture: Saint Francis Hospice


Actions speak louder than words and while most of us were still sleeping in our beds on Saturday morning, September 30, more than 100 Scouts and supporters let their legs do the talking when they set off on a 15 and a half mile walk around Romford District.

The trek started at the 8th Squirrels Heath headquarters in Harold Wood and the Scouts were joined along the way by 80 excited Beavers and Cubs, as they stopped off at a further 16 scout halls throughout Harold Hill, Gidea Park, Collier Row and Romford.

Over the past four years they have raised £35,000 for Saint Francis Hospice, Havering-atte-Bower by walking in memory of the inspirational former District Commissioner Paul Leeper, who was cared for by the charity before he died in 2012.

Paul’s wife Julie Leeper and their youngest son Matthew were among the walkers.

“Paul Leeper was our Scout leader and a very important man to us personally,” said Sarah Osborne, leader for 2nd Romford.

“We organised the first walk because we wanted to pay back Saint Francis Hospice for the care they gave Paul and from then on we decided to carry walking in his memory and raising funds for the hospice.

“It is great to bring our young people together to raise awareness of the hospice and to do something for their community.”

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