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Scouts honour inspirational leader with hospice hike

There was sunshine and smiles as more than 300 Scouts embarked on a 17 mile challenge in memory of former District Commissioner Paul Leeper.
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Julie Leeper, 47, organised the Walk for Paul around Romford District on Sunday (October 11) to raise money for Saint Francis Hospice which cared for her husband before he died of cancer in 2012.

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It was a fitting tribute to Paul, who had been involved in the Scouting movement since the age of eight and ran the 2nd Romford Scout Group for an incredible 35 years.

"It was quite overwhelming that so many people turned out to remember Paul," said Julie, who was joined by her two sons Robert, 16, and Matthew, 12 (pictured)

"Paul would have loved seeing everyone coming together to do something for the community. Saint Francis Hospice has touched so many people's lives and it provides such a fantastic service. What they did to support Paul and my family was amazing."

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Many Cubs and Beavers, some of whom were as young as six, joined in along the way and there was jubilation as caring youngsters and adults completed the trek from the 8th Squirrels Heath Headquarters in Harold Wood to the Romford District Scout Headquarters in Romford, via all 17 Groups in the District. 

Everyone who took part in the walk received a commemorative badge which was specially designed to mark the event.
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This is the second time Julie, who is a Group Scout Leader with 2nd Romford, has brought the Scouts together to remember Paul and support the hospice.

Two years ago 500 Scouts walked 19 miles and raised an amazing £26,400 for the charity, which helps around 4,000 people affected by life limiting illness every year.

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Group photo before the walk