Determined walkers defied sweltering conditions to complete a 32-mile trek and raise more than £40,000 for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH). The charity’s Pier 2 Pier challenge took participants along the stunning Norfolk Coastal Path from Cromer to Great Yarmouth.
Eighty-eight people took part – another nine signed up but had to pull out because of injury or illness – and that tally included families who have received support or continue to be supported by EACH. Others represented businesses who were keen to get involved and raise funds.
The walkers set off at 7am and the first person to cross the finish line, Lee Hopkins, reached Cromer nearly nine hours later at 3.50pm. The final walkers finished around 8pm.
EACH Events Fundraiser Emma Cook said: “It was another fantastic and hugely successful day.
“Despite the hot conditions, everyone rose to the challenge and enjoyed the camaraderie of walking together. There’s always a great sense of spirit during this event and that was certainly evident again, because everyone motivates each other.
“We’ve had some very positive feedback from participants saying they felt looked after and supported throughout. They also commented on the organisation of the event which is lovely to hear. Our thanks go to everyone who took part for helping us raise such a phenomenal amount of money.
“It’s incredible and will go such a long way in terms of helping us continue our vital work.”
Among those to take part were bereaved couple Demi Little and Jordan Keys, in addition to Norwich mum Leigh Smith. Georgia Miles and Lisa Ayton also pulled on their walking boots and have a close connection with EACH as their children receive care at The Nook and Milton, in Cambridgeshire, respectively.
In addition, there was strong representation from the corporate world, including 27 members of staff from First Home Improvements, who raised more than £10,000. Other colleagues came from Midwich, VM Hosts, Cambridge Electrical Services and Cambridge EV Points, Unite Marketing and Events and Planning Manager Ltd.
EACH Help at Home volunteer Marcia Foy was also among those to take on the challenge.
“In addition to the walkers, our sincere thanks also go to everyone who made the event possible, including staff and four amazing volunteers,” added Emma.
“Many others contributed on the day, including Rapid Relief Team, Glenn Hands, from Evocative Images, Norfolk and Suffolk 4×4 Response and Marett’s Chariots. We’re extremely grateful for their support.”
EACH is hosting a Suffolk Pier 2 Pier walk, on 2nd September. The 16-mile coastal walk takes participants from Lowestoft to Southwold.
Pictures: Glenn Hands/EACH