20th Churches Annual Sponsored Walk for BCU Life Skills Centre

 Walkes on BCU's Sponsored Walk

The Sponsored Walk took place on Saturday 20th April. Pledges on the day totalled £7,310 and we hope that the grand total will exceed this amount, as in previous years. Our most grateful thanks must go to the ‘Friends’ of Bexley Centre for their superb organisation of the event once more and in particular to George and Rheta Birchall, without whose enthusiasm and commitment the walk would not be able take place. You will be delighted to hear that George and Rheta were presented with a Civic Award by the Mayor of Bexley on 24th April for 20 years of voluntary service to the community.

The Mayor of Bexley, Councillor Alan Downing, David Evennett, MP and the Chair of BCU, Trish Giles all gave short speeches of support and Reverend Adam Foot kindly said a prayer for the well being of the Walkers. The News shopper took photos as the walkers started on their way and this year more than 20 people walked all or part of a southern route, through Blackfen, Sidcup and Bexley. Our thanks go to Reverend Colin Terry and his helpers at the Holy Redeemer Church, Days Lane and to Kathy Shaw and Mavis at United Reformed Church in Bexley for providing refreshments for the Walkers. The weather was perfect for walking and we were joined by Sam the Jack Russell this year.

We finished back at Pincott Hall, Christ Church for refreshments kindly prepared by Ellen Ewen and Debbie Cottington. Our thanks go to Reverend Francis Jakeman for his support in allowing us to use the hall.

As you are no doubt aware, the Centre, along with many local voluntary organisations, is struggling financially but we are optimistic that the Centre will be able to continue providing services to our local community. We have been successful with funding applications during the past year and have been awarded grants by the Foyle Foundation; Yapp Charitable Trust; Cooperative Trust; and the William Kendall's Charity.

We are making an application to the Garfield Weston Foundation and we will continue to identify other grant makers. We are, of course, extremely grateful to all of our supporters.

To See the report of the 20th Churches Annual Sponsored Walk please Click Here

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