'LOOPY Walkers' charity fundraisers complete the Thames Path

19th September 2019

On 7th September, the “LOOPY Walkers” completed their third and final fundraising challenge – walking 184 miles of the River Thames from its source in the Cotswolds to its mouth at the Thames Barrier in aid of local charity Branches, a homeless hostel in Forest Road.

We walked the entire length of the Thames in 12 days from May to September travelling through Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Surrey and of course London.

This year’s walk is raising money to recruit an in-house specialist mental health clinical practitioner, a role now becoming much-needed as the hostel increasingly supports residents with mental health needs. It will allow them to offer tailored, one-to-one support to residents.

So far we have raised £4477 and with further donations expected from local businesses who agreed to sponsor us, we will not only exceed our target of £5000, but could equal the £6500 raised last year when we walked the LOOP for Branches Hostel

read on for the story of our journey:

Day 1-3  Source to Swinford   48 miles
Day 4-6  Swinford to Reading   47 miles
Day 7     Reading to Marlow     17 miles
Day 8     Marlow to Datchet  16 miles
Day 9     Datchet to Hampton Court 19 miles
Day10    Hampton Court to Barnes 13 miles 
Day 11   Barnes to Tower Bridge 13 miles
Day 12   Tower Bridge to the Barrier 11 miles

Its was a truly wonderful experience walking the Thames Path from its Source and experience the differing landscape, countryside, villages, towns and changing River as it reached its Mouth. We were joined by a few friends on this final leg of our wonderful journey

People still have time to support us at https://www.give.net/ThamesPathChallenge2019.

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'LOOPY'  Walkers standing by the Thames Path near the Barrier