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Harpenden woman takes on charity walking challenge

PUBLISHED: 15:44 24 July 2019 | UPDATED: 15:44 24 July 2019

Thameslink employee Rebecca Vandyke from Harpenden is taking on a walking challenge for charity. Picture: Rebecca Vandyke

Thameslink employee Rebecca Vandyke from Harpenden is taking on a walking challenge for charity. Picture: Rebecca Vandyke

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A Harpenden woman is taking on a walking challenge with her colleagues to raise money for a homelessness charity.

Rebecca Vandyke, 36, who works for Govia Thameslink as a train services operation manager, is raising money for the Luton-based charity Noah, which helps people who are struggling with homelessness and exclusion.

Although Rebecca is more used to 100km walking challenges, she has organised a 10km circular route from Bedford station, where she works, so more of her colleagues can take part.

She said: "People are always asking me when the next challenge is, but when I tell them how long it is they are a bit discouraged to join me.

"10km isn't as long as what I would normally do, and hopefully colleagues, and their friends and families will want to join in."

Noah helps people who have fallen on hard times learn IT skills, interview techniques and language skills, as well as teaching them practical skills such as assembling furniture and fitting kitchen appliances.

Rebecca, who grew up in St Albans and lives in Harpenden, said: "There's a massive list of things they do to help the most disadvantaged.

"That's why I'm passionate about the charity. I've seen first-hand the great work they do. They are local to us and help people that we might come across daily.

"We did a cake sale in December at Bedford station that raised about £900 for Noah. I was heavily involved in that and just speaking to one of the reps at Noah and hearing how they used the money to help people is just amazing."

The walk will take place on Thursday, August 11.

To donate go to https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RebeccaVandyke

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