A railway worker is encouraging her colleagues to swap train tracks for hike boots to help an "amazing" homelessness charity.

Rebecca Vandyke, 36, of Harpenden, is used to taking on blister-inducing 100km walking challenges on days off from her work as a train service operations manager for Thameslink.

She has organised a 10km circular route for her colleagues at Bedford station in aid of Luton-based charity, Noah, on August 11.

Rebecca said: “People are always asking me when the next challenge is, but when I tell them how long it is they are a bit discouraged to join me.

“10km isn’t as long as what I would normally do, and hopefully colleagues, and their friends and families will want to join in.”

She was inspired to raise money for the Luton-based charity Noah after witnessing the “amazing” work the organisation does to help people who have fallen on hard times.

Rebecca, who grew up in St Albans, said: “There’s a massive list of things they do to help the most disadvantaged. That’s why I’m passionate about the charity. I’ve seen first-hand the great work they do. They are local to us and help people that we might come across daily.”

“We did a cake sale in December at Bedford station that raised about £900 for Noah. I was heavily involved in that and just speaking to one of the reps at Noah and hearing how they used the money to help people is just amazing.”

Noah provides a range of support for people who a struggling against homelessness and exclusion.

The charity helps people with everything from IT skills, interview techniques and language skills to assembling furniture and fitting kitchen appliances.

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