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Volunteers from Ilford charity walk 100km and raise £1,700 for refugees

PUBLISHED: 15:00 19 September 2015

From left: Russell and Hannah Whiting, Fiona Costello and Rita Chadha from RAMFEL raised £1,500 by walking 100 kilometres along the Thames as part of the Thames Pathway Challenge

From left: Russell and Hannah Whiting, Fiona Costello and Rita Chadha from RAMFEL raised £1,500 by walking 100 kilometres along the Thames as part of the Thames Pathway Challenge

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Rita Chadha, executive director of the Refugee and Migrant Forum of East London (RAMFEL), and supporters Russell and Hannah Whiting, Fiona Costello and Jenny Barrett embarked on a 28 hour trek from Putney Bridge to Henley-on-Thames.

The team walked through the night despite Ms Chadha having to walk 50 kilometres in pitch darkness when her torch broke.

Ms Chadha, who turned 43 during the walk at the weekend, said: “When we got to the last 10 kilometres we were physically and mentally exhausted and that was the most difficult part of the journey. But I am over the moon I finished it.”

Although the team is delighted with the money they have raised, they still hope to reach the £2,500 target they set themselves.

“We have been quite surprised with the number of cheques coming in after we finished the march,” said Ms Chadha.

RAMFEL, based in High Road, Ilford, will continue to accept donations until September 19.

To donate visit ramfel.org.uk/wordpress


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