Walk to Walsingham raises over £3K for unpaid carers in Norfolk
Over 60 walkers were proud to take part in our journey from Norwich to Walsingham from 20-22 September. 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.
Day 1 began with us all assembling at Norwich Cathedral, where the new Bishop of Norwich sent us off with some special thoughts, and off we set in company of the High Sheriff of Norfolk to Lyng via Marriott’s Way and the pub in Ringland.
At the start of day 2 we enjoyed a healthy breakfast in the village store, after which we gathered for the next 12 miles to Ryburgh via Fustyweed and North Elmham. We were welcomed by the wonderful team in St Andrews at Great Ryburgh with tea, cake, scones and sandwiches.
Sunday morning dawned bright and clear again and we headed out to Walsingham Abbey where our walk was complete and we were welcomed by Clovis and Elizabeth Meath Baker with delicious sausages and ‘lashings’ of beer, wine and cider.
James Bagge said:
“During our journey we were blessed with wonderful weather and great company to enjoy a special journey through Norfolk in the September sunshine. Thank you to everyone who took part or donated – you have made such a difference to local carers’ lives.”
What happens next?
All funds raised from the walk will be distributed by Norfolk Community Foundation to local voluntary organisations throughout the county who care for and support our carers, targeted where the need is greatest.
Here young carer Ollie and his mother Nikki talk about how local support group Great Yarmouth & Gorleston Young Carers (GYGYC) has changed his life for the better:
There’s still time to donate to help carers
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Find out about a day in the life of a young carer:
This short animation gives an insight into the lives of young carers and encourages young carers to seek support: