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Walking marathon raises over £13,000 for Saint Francis Hospice in Romford

50 people took part in the walking marathon for Saint Francis Hospice (Credit:SFH)

A group of 50 marathon walkers have raised over £13,000 for Saint Francis Hospice in Romford.

The team, known as ‘JJ’s All Stars’, completed the 26.2 mile walk on Saturday (22 May).

Local Scout leader Julia Judd inspired friends, family and local people to take part to beat the ‘Covid-blues’.

She said, “It was a truly wonderful day, filled with laughter, friendship, a few tears, but mostly joy as everyone accomplished personal challenges and shared the day together.

“To see so many people outdoors, sharing the joy of walking, talking and encouraging each other was a blessing.”

The full marathon walkers set off at 6.30am and met up with the half marathon and quarter marathon walkers along the way.

They were all met by the Saint Francis Hospice Fundraising Team at the finish line, where they received their medals.

“The aches and pains have subsided but people are still giving generously,” said Julia.

“Saint Francis Hospice is our local charity, it is close to so many people’s hearts, for many different reasons, and the money is still coming in.”

Donations to support the walkers can still be made on the team’s JustGiving page.

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