Celebrating and supporting unpaid carers
Set up in 2018, Walking4Norfolk was inspired by the 100,000 unpaid carers in Norfolk who provide unpaid support to ill, older or disabled family members, friends or partners. These unsung heroes are thought to save local authority and NHS services in Norfolk £500 million a year, but they face many challenges and can become isolated without support.
To celebrate these carers, former High Sheriff of Norfolk James Bagge decided to walk from his home in Stradsett to Santiago de Compostela. The walk raised £70,000 which has been distributed by Norfolk Community Foundation to help change carers’ lives.
Walking4Norfolk has now evolved to become a wider movement raising awareness and funds to support these amazing people in their invaluable, and often unrecognised and challenging, roles.
The funds are collected, managed and distributed by Norfolk Community Foundation to local voluntary organisations throughout the county who care for and support our carers.
Get involved today and lend your support to this deserving cause!
Walk to Walsingham raises over £3K for unpaid carers
We’re delighted to report that over 60 walkers enjoyed our journey from Norwich to Walsingham in the September sunshine. Some walked the whole route, others joined for a day, but all who took part did an amazing job of both raising vital funds to support unpaid carers across Norfolk and helping raise awareness of these unsung heroes in our communities.
“Why I was inspired to launch Walking4Norfolk” by James Bagge
“Born and bred here, Norfolk has always had a special place in my heart and in 2017-18, I had the pleasure and privilege of serving as the High Sheriff of Norfolk.
During that time I met some truly wonderful people and in particular become aware of the critical role of unpaid carers; those caring for loved ones. These carers are unsung heroes and need recognition and support. I was inspired to raise awareness of the invaluable role they play and raise funds to support and nurture them, as they give so much of themselves to others.
The answer was the birth of Walking4Norfolk and my 2018 pilgrimage of 1500 miles to Santiago de Compostela.
But my pilgrimage to Santiago is only the start of Walking4Norfolk. We’ve already raised £70,000 but this is as nothing in the face of the need. The aim is for many more people to become involved and support these inspirational people whose efforts often go unnoticed. We all need to do what we can to support these amazing people in our midst.”
“Let’s join together via Walking4Norfolk to champion these heroes in our community.”