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Supporters of disabled Hornchurch charity to walk 600,000 steps for the worthy cause

PUBLISHED: 17:00 18 February 2017

Cheryl Cable and Clare Kelly are walking a total of 600,000 steps in February to raise money for the Havering Association for People with Disabilities

Cheryl Cable and Clare Kelly are walking a total of 600,000 steps in February to raise money for the Havering Association for People with Disabilities

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Charity supporters have pledged to walk hundreds of miles in aid of a disabled charity close to their hearts.

Befriending and carers support co-ordinator Clare Kelly and social inclusion administrator Cheryl Cable have begun their challenge of walking a total of 600,000 steps in aid of Havering Association of People with Disabilities (Had).

Clare said: “It’s been a difficult so far as we’ve both got desk jobs but everyone at the charity have been so supportive of us so that helps to keep us going and walking whenever we can.”

After the pair received Fitbits for Christmas, they were encouraged to do more exercise and when charity Localgiving London got in touch, saying it would match the amount they could fundraise, they knew a sponsored walk would be the way forward.

Clare has walked a total of 10,715 steps since she took on the 300-mile challenge at the beginning of the month.

“I have nearly lost 10lbs since Christmas so it’s benefiting me personally as well as the charity”, Clare said.

“We’re both on target for completing it all by the end of February but it’s definitely going to be a bit of a squeeze.

“I’m doing lots at the weekend and we have something called Friendly Fridays where members of the charity come and they tell us to do a walk around the car park so we’re trying to keep the motivation up.”

Their aim is to raise £300 for the cause which will be matched by Localgiving London.

Clare, who started working at Had last year, said: “I knew I wanted to work in a charity and we do a lot of great things here which I’m really proud of.

“It’s a very special charity that does so much good.”

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