A group of walkers helped to raise more than £1,000 for a hospice by taking part in a charity trek.

South Loughton Old Walkers Society (SLOWS), staged their fifth annual Autumn Walk on Sunday (October 1), in support of St Clare Hospice in Hastingwood.

More than 70 members of the group took part in the five-mile circular route, which began and ended at the Victoria Tavern in Loughton and took walkers through Epping Forest.

This year’s event has raised an estimated £1,200 and the Autumn Walk has raised more than £7,000 in total for the hospice since it was first launched in 2013.

St Clare Hospice’s director of income generation, Cheryl Armitage, who took part in the event, said: “It was wonderful to see such a fantastic turnout once again for the SLOWS annual Autumn Walk.

“The route took in some beautiful scenic parts of Epping Forest and it was lovely to see so many keen walkers enjoying our local countryside.

“We are delighted that the event has raised more than £1,200 for St Clare this year and are so grateful for the support of the event organisers at the South Loughton Old Walkers Society.”