Southdown walkers trek the South Downs Way

Southdown Housing Assn staff walked the Suussex part of the South Downs Way for charity to be greeted by their COE Aideen Jones (centre back) at Holywell Tea Chalet. September 11th 2012 E37040N
Southdown Housing Assn staff walked the Suussex part of the South Downs Way for charity to be greeted by their COE Aideen Jones (centre back) at Holywell Tea Chalet. September 11th 2012 E37040N
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AN intrepid team of walkers from Southdown completed the 80 mile trek along the South Downs Way. The marathon walk marked the 40th anniversary of the not-for-profit organisation that is based locally and provides housing, supported employment and specialist support services to 8000 disabled and vulnerable people in Sussex.

The organisation was founded in 1972 by a small group of volunteers who provided housing support for people using mental health services. The first paid employees were taken on in 1989, but since then the organisation has grown rapidly, becoming a multi-disciplinary service with over 900 staff.

Twelve of the hardiest staff completed the entire length of the South Downs Way on foot, with many others joining the dozen pace setters along the way for different legs.

The event was particularly timely as the South Downs Way was officially opened 40 years ago.

The team also raised funds for the Stay Up Late campaign that helps people with learning disabilities attend live music events.