Helen Lippell and Simon Koppel of Wadley road in Leytonstone are attempting to visit every station on the London Underground network

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Helen and Simon, on holiday in Perth, are trying to visit all 270 Tube stations in one day. Helen and Simon, on holiday in Perth, are trying to visit all 270 Tube stations in one day.

A Leytonstone couple are taking on an infamous public transport challenge today in aid of a charity close to their hearts.

Helen Lippell, 38, and Simon Koppel, 42, of Wadley Road, are currently trying to reach all 270 stations on the Underground in one day.

They are supporting the Changing Faces charity, which helps people with injuries or conditions which affect their appearance.

Helen, a data consultant, said she is thrilled to be helping the charity because it helped her turn her life around.

“I was born with a cleft palate and while I was growing up there was almost no help with the non-surgical aspects of looking different,” she said.

When she was 16 a surgeon mentioned the charity and soon she met with founder James Partridge, who was severely burnt after a car accident at the age of 18, to overcome her shyness.

“It was life-changing,” she added.

“The experience has stayed with me for over 20 years and I still use the skills I first learned there every single day.”

Having set off from Chesham on the Metropolitan Line at 5.15am this morning Helen and Simon, a database manager, will be travelling for around 19 hours before their planned arrival at Heathrow at around midnight.

The couple, who have been together for over a decade, aim to pass through Waltham Forest at around 4pm.

Along with around 20 friends, they are being led by Geoff Marshall, the man who currently holds the Guinness World Record for the completing the challenge in the fastest time.

He visited all the stations in 16 hours, 20 minutes and 27 seconds on August 16 last year.

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3:43pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

This is original, luck there ain't a tube strike.
This is original, luck there ain't a tube strike. Villagecranberry
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11:23pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Walthamster says...

Best of luck, Helen and Simon.
Best of luck, Helen and Simon. Walthamster
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2:41pm Fri 25 Apr 14

helenlippell says...

Thank you Walthamster

If you'd like to read more about what we did, one of our gang did a compilation of all the tweets and pictures: https://storify.com/
super_cally/walk-the
-tube-2014

Best, Helen
Thank you Walthamster If you'd like to read more about what we did, one of our gang did a compilation of all the tweets and pictures: https://storify.com/ super_cally/walk-the -tube-2014 Best, Helen helenlippell
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