London homeless: Crisis praises Christmas walk support

Volunteers who have been walking from Canterbury to London for Crisis (photo: Jeff Hubbard)
Image caption The volunteers have been relying on donations of food and bedding (photo: Jeff Hubbard)

A homelessness charity has thanked people for their "overwhelming" support after 40 volunteers and rough sleepers walked from Canterbury to London.

The group set off from the cathedral in the Kent city on Wednesday and has reached Greenwich, south-east London.

It is raising awareness of Crisis at Christmas, which started 40 years ago.

The 60-mile (96km) journey is due to end later with a carol service at Southwark Cathedral attended by charity patron Princess Alexandra.

Actors Prunella Scales and Timothy West are also due to greet the walkers, who include people in shelters and others who are "vulnerable" because of their temporary accommodation, Crisis said.

Food and bedding was supplied by well-wishers during the four-day trek, and on Friday night the group stayed at the Avery Hill campus of the University of Greenwich in Eltham.

Crisis said homelessness was rising again after "years of stable or falling levels".

"Our walkers have undertaken a significant challenge," said chief executive Leslie Morphy.

"Forty years after the founding of Crisis at Christmas, sadly its work remains as vital as ever," he added.

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