King’s Lynn colleagues step out on coast path for 48-mile fundraiser

Learning Resources managing director Dennis Blackmore, centre, with, from left, Sammy Willetts, H�l�ne Vernis, Joanne Stonebanks and Liz Roffe Picture: Supplied.

Learning Resources managing director Dennis Blackmore, centre, with, from left, Sammy Willetts, H�l�ne Vernis, Joanne Stonebanks and Liz Roffe Picture: Supplied.

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A team from the UK’s leading brand of educational toys and learning aids, Learning Resources, based in Lynn, stepped out along the North Norfolk coast on a 48-mile hike to raise funds for a local voluntary group.

The team’s charitable challenge comprised completing 48 miles along the Norfolk Coastal Path from Hunstanton to Cromer in just 48 hours.

Managing director of Learning Resources Dennis Blackmore was among the team of six determined to complete the trek and raise more than £1,000 for Little Discoverers.

He said: “I am at best an ‘occasional’ walker, so had never thought about doing anything quite this demanding before. We all knew of the great work that Little Discoverers do and wanted to support it. So our team challenge was borne out of wanting a physical challenge in which we could all participate, and which supported a good cause.

“We set out at 8:30am on a Saturday morning and arrived at Cromer Pier the next day at 5.30pm, having stopped overnight in Wells. Day one was 22 miles, day two was 26!

“This was certainly the toughest walk I had ever done, and I’m pretty sure that goes for the rest of the group - but well worth the pain given we succeeded in raising £1,444 to date.”

Dennis was joined by his son, Nick, as well as Learning Resources colleagues Sammy Willetts, Hélène Vernis, Liz Roffe and Joanne Stonebanks. The team trained for the challenge with eight-mile walks weekly after work and a couple of longer walks at weekends as the event approached.

Little Discoverers provides a unique and holistic form of early education inspired by methods used at the Peto Institute of Conductive Education in Hungary. Putting parents at the forefront of their child’s learning, specially trained staff work together in groups of up to six children and their parent/carer, to help encourage development through play, songs, art and craft.

The group runs three specialist sessions a week at the Dutton Pavilion in Gaywood’s River Lane, helping children in all areas of their development, as well as supporting their families.

Learning Resources is a manufacturer of innovative educational toys and learning aids. The company has built up a reputation with both parents and teachers for outstanding maths, science, early years and literacy products.