HAvant temple members in sponsored walk

FUNDRAISERS Some of the walkers
FUNDRAISERS Some of the walkers
Picture: Franca Perletti

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WORSHIPPERS at a Hindu temple went the extra mile for two important charities.

Forty members of the BAPS temple, in Leigh Road, Havant, undertook the annual six-mile walk along the Hayling Billy Trail to Hayling seafront.

The terrible weather didn’t stop young and old making the journey in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and local charity the Down Syndrome Education Trust.

Altogether the walk, which was held last month, raised £2,500 to be split between the charities.

Praful Thaker, from BAPS, said: ‘It was excellent despite the weather.

‘Lots of people took part and kept going even through the wind and rain.

‘We always support one national charity and one local charity.

‘We were lucky enough to have a family whose little boy has Down Syndrome walking with us on the day.

‘The youngest to take part was just seven years old and the oldest person was 82.

‘It took about two to three hours for everyone to complete it.’

The popular BAPS temple is a branch of a main temple in Neasden, London, the first traditional Hindu temple in Europe.