The communities of Feltham, Heston and Cranford in Hounslow are already well on their way to reaching their target of walking around the world as part of their Beat the Street challenge.
Twenty schools have signed up to the activity challenge which started on Wednesday 14th October and runs until Wednesday, 25th November. The six-week project is jointly funded by European Union SWITCH and London Borough of Hounslow.
To score extra points, many schools have organised lunchtime and weekend walks to encourage people to walk together. Fairholme Primary School in Hounslow has embraced the concept and kicked off their participation with a “walking crocodile” which took in several of the area’s 66 Beat Boxes on the walk to school.
The walk was led by Headteacher Miss Willis and children from the school were joined by teachers, helpers, parents, carers and siblings on their journey to school, where a welcome breakfast had been laid on to greet participants.
Councillor Ed Mayne, Hounslow Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Leisure, added: “The health benefits of physical activity cannot be underestimated and this initiative is a fantastic, fun way to help residents be more active. Beat the Street also encourages people to get outside and discover new places in the borough and the team challenge means everyone can get involved – from children to grandparents!”