STAFF at Bromsgrove's largest provider of affordable housing have raised thousands for charity through a gruelling sponsored walk.

The team of 16 from Bromsgrove District Housing Trust, (bdht), split into three groups competing against 116 others along the walk that started in the the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire.

Two of the teams walked 13 miles whilst the third team walked the full marathon distance of 26.2 miles, completing the course in just under nine hours.

All the teams were raising money for the St Basil's homeless charity, that works with young people aged 16 to 25-years-old who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and supports thousands every year.

The charity helps the young people stop the cycle of homelessness by giving them skills, confidence and the opportunities to move on to successful independent living.

Eamon Thompson, new business manager at bdht who took part in the challenge, said: “The 16 staff who took part in the walk really enjoyed the challenge of the day, working really well as teams to cross the finish lines together.

"We’re really pleased to have raised £1,956 between us to help support the increasingly important work of St Basil’s.”