The 26th Annual Sponsored Walk for BCU Life Skills Centre

 Walkes on BCU's Sponsored Walk

The 26th Sponsored Walk took place on Saturday April 27th 2019.

 Start of the 26th Annual Sponsored Walk for BCU

The Mayor of Bexley, Sir David Evennett, MP and walkes start the 2019 sponsored walk.

On behalf of us all at BCU Life Skills Centre, thank you very much indeed for raising sponsorship for the Centre. Pledges on the day totalled £5,728 and the total raised so far is £7,363. Our most grateful thanks must go to the 'Friends' of BCU, George and Rheta Birchall and Chas and Berni Roberts, for their superb organisation of the event once more. Without their enthusiasm and commitment, the walk would not have been able to take place.

 Walkers Group Photo  2019

Group photo of the walkers during the first part of the 2019 sponsored walk.

The Mayor of Bexley, Councillor Brian Bishop, Sir David Evennett, MP and the Chair of BCU, Trish Giles, all gave short speeches of support and thanks were given to Reverend Adam Foot for supporting us with the hall hire for the registration of the walkers. This year 23 people walked all or part of the northern route, through Welling, Belvedere and Erith. We were delighted that Bishop James of Rochester joined us at our lunch stop and completed the route with us. Our thanks go to Theresa and Valerie at Belvedere Baptist Church and to Iain at Our Lady of the Angels, Erith, for providing refreshments for the Walkers. The weather was perfect for walking, with just a very slight spot of rain!

Refreshments after the sponsored walk

Walkers relax and enjoy refreshments after the walk.

We finished back at Pincott Hall, Christ Church for refreshments kindly prepared by Ellen Ewen and Debbie Cottington. Our thanks go to Reverend Trevor Wyatt 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 are fortunate to have £3,000 funding from the Yapp Charitable Trust for the next two years but rely heavily on the sponsorship from the walk as funders seem to be in very short supply at the moment. We are, of course, extremely grateful to all of our supporters who have also made donations this year and we will continue to make applications to grant makers to support our work.

Thank you to all who supported us and we hope to see you again next year!

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