Determined ramblers from a Derbyshire housing association completed a gruelling two-day, 90-mile trek to raise more than £2,500 for Shelter.
The intrepid explorers from Futures Housing Group walked across canal paths from Ripley to Daventry on 24 and 25 June as part of a 10th anniversary fundraising challenge for the homeless charity.
Figures from Shelter show that in the East Midlands, 5,440 households were homeless in 2013/14. Around 3,500 of those were found to be in priority need, with nearly 2,500 of those having dependent children.
Walk organiser and Gas Surveyor Jason Topley said: “Every single person who took part and supported us in our effort has helped to raise an amazing amount for such a worthy cause.
“It was incredibly gruelling and everyone who joined showed great determination – it was worth every blister and aching limb.”
Setting off at 7am on Saturday morning at the Group’s offices in Asher Lane, Ripley, the walkers followed the Grand Union Canal for 40 miles through Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire.
Striding out on Sunday from the King Power Stadium in Leicester, three staff continued the trek and were joined by others at Foxton Locks before making their way to Daventry, Northamptonshire.
Walkers completed a total of 608 miles – that’s the same as walking around the M25 five times, or the distance between Ripley and Berlin.
Futures’ Chief Executive Lindsey Williams added: “This challenge was no mean feat and I’m proud of everyone who played their part.
“This was our second major fundraising activity to Shelter, so it is great to already have raised so much, but we will continue to push ourselves as part of our ambitious target of £10,000.”
Futures' anniversary fundraising activities also include an abseil down the Northampton Lift Tower, raffles and a football tournament.
To donate £5 to Shelter you can text FHGT80 £5 to 70070 or visit the Group’s JustGiving page.