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Gravesend gurdwara members welcomed homelessness campaigners

PUBLISHED: 17:23 13 December 2011

Walker Dave Cooke with S.Bakshish Singh Sodhi - Sr.Vice President of the Gravesend Gurdwara at Gravesend Town Hall.

Walker Dave Cooke with S.Bakshish Singh Sodhi - Sr.Vice President of the Gravesend Gurdwara at Gravesend Town Hall.

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Forty walkers on a fund-raising 60 mile hike from Canterbury to London to draw attention to the scourge of homelessness were given hospitality by members of the Sikh gurdwara in Gravesend.

The team of 40 walkers raising awareness of the work of homelessness charity Crisis stopped off at Gravesend Town Hall and were offered a meal provided by the town hall and Indian dishes from the gurdwara.

They rested their weary limbs and were greeted by Bakshish Singh Sodhi, the senior vice president of the gurdwara in Saddington Street.

Other stops on their walk included a visit to the Bluewater shopping centre where they joined a carol singing choir from Saint Joseph’s Catholic Primary in Northfleet.

The team have also raised £3,000 for the charity.

The Walk to End Homelessness, which was originally called The Crisis Pilgrimage and last took place in the 1990s, but has been revived to mark the charity’s fortieth anniversary.

Crisis at Christmas provides warmth, shelter and vital services for homeless and vulnerably housed people.

The people taking part in the walk have strong connections to the charity and include people who are long term volunteers as well as homeless and vulnerably housed Crisis clients.

The charity’s chief executive Lesley Morphy said: “The backing Crisis has received from communities all over Kent and London for the 40th anniversary Walk to End Homelessness is overwhelming and demonstrates how people wholeheartedly support our work and our ambition to end homelessness.

“Our walkers have undertaken a significant challenge and the Walk to End Homelessness is a serious opportunity for Crisis to shout about the fact that 40 years after the founding of Crisis at Christmas, sadly its work remains as vital as ever.”

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