“I walk and hike a lot of miles throughout the year, but have never attempted anything so strenuous and continuous” – determined Ricky is walking 135 miles along the Norfolk and Suffolk coastline

A steely fundraiser is pulling on his walking boots for a mammoth 135-mile trek along the Norfolk and Suffolk coastline. Ricky Clarke, from Ipswich, is starting his energy-sapping challenge on 29th April, in support of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

The 46-year-old will be setting off from Hunstanton and plans to walk the coastlines of both counties before finishing in Felixstowe. He will be wild camping along the way and expects his trek to take around a week, with his daily target between 25 and 30 miles.

“I’m buzzing for it and can’t wait to get started,” said Ricky, a machine operator for Ipswich printing business Fuller Davies. I walk and hike a lot of miles throughout the year, but have never attempted anything so strenuous and continuous.

“I’ve wild camped a few times in random places and hiked many miles, so now it’s a case of putting both together. It’s going to be an adventure and I love being at one with nature. I find it so uplifting and that’s one of the reasons I love hiking. Those highs will hopefully spur me on and see me over the finish line.

“One of my heroes is Ed Stafford, who’s the only man to walk the length of the Amazon. It took 860 days to complete but if he can do that, I’d love to think I can do the Norfolk and Suffolk coastline!”

Ricky, who has two daughters, Poppy, 14, and Luna, 11, first approached EACH about taking on the challenge in October.

“I wanted to give myself something to look forward to and now it’s full steam ahead,” he said.

“It’s great to give your mind a focus and your soul a boost. Speaking to the team there amplified those feelings. I’m taking this very seriously and it’s ingrained in my mind.

“After a final blow-out at Christmas, I’m now watching what I eat, have cut out alcohol completely and am training hard to build up more upper-body strength, in readiness for carrying my backpack. Between now and then I also plan to get many more miles of training under my belt.”

To sponsor Ricky, head here. He can also be followed on Instagram via footslog_farmer. Ali Butler, EACH Community Fundraiser for Suffolk and East Essex, said: “This is an amazing, exciting challenge and we really appreciate Ricky’s support.

“He’s clearly very focused and determined and I’m sure that resilience will keep him going during the tough miles. We wish him well and can’t wait to hear about his walking adventure.”

Notes to Editors

“EACH has made us all feel part of an extended family and, thanks to staff and fellow families, we’re not alone with problems. We always leave The Treehouse feeling positive, stronger and thankful.”

  • We care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, and support their families.
  • We offer families flexibility and control over where they receive their care and support, including where their child dies – at home, in hospital or at one of three hospices at Milton (Cambridge), The Nook (Norfolk) and The Treehouse (Ipswich).
  • Our family-centred approach includes specialist nursing care, symptom management support, short breaks, wellbeing activities, therapies and counselling, all meeting the individual needs of the child, young person and whole family.
  • We are recognised as leaders in our field, with a reputation for excellence and commitment to pioneering development and innovation.
  • We rely on voluntary donations for the majority of our income and this year need to raise £5.8 million from fundraising and £6.5 million in income from our shops. The year before the pandemic we received just 16% of our total income from statutory sources.
  • EACH Royal Patron –Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales.
  • For more information about EACH, including forthcoming events and how you can help raise funds,visit each.org.uk or call our Suffolk fundraisers on 01473 917965.

Keep in touch:

www.each.org.uk
www.twitter.com/EACH_hospice
www.facebook.com/EACHhospices
www.instagram.com/eachhospices
www.linkedin.com/company/eachhospices


For further information about this release please contact:

Matt Plummer | Media and PR Manager | 07738 328058 | Matt.Plummer@each.org.uk

 

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