Hundreds Walk to Remember for cancer charity at Sandringham

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Marie Curie memory walk at Sandringham ANL-150817-082514009
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The walk with a difference returned to West Norfolk on Saturday when hundreds took part in 10k twilight walk around the grounds at Sandringham.

More than 300 people took part in Walk to Remember, with many more registering, to support the work of Marie Curie nurses in Norfolk.

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Marie Curie memory walk at Sandringham ANL-150817-082245009

The walk, which was one of 19 across the UK, began at 6.30pm, after a fun warm-up with a Zumba instructor and was will followed by an after dark picnic as walkers listened to Big D.

The evening ended with a spectacular fireworks display – the time when the majority of Marie Curie nurses begin their evening shifts, entering homes of terminally ill patients to provide care for them and their families throughout the night.

Marie Curie spokesperson Charlotte Jackson said: “It was an absolutely incredible evening with a truly moving atmosphere.

“It was great to see so many families participate.”

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Marie Curie memory walk at Sandringham ANL-150817-082530009

During the evening, Marie Curie nurse Alexandra Evans delivered a moving talk to participants.

Mrs Evans said: “Most people, if asked, would say they want to be at home when they die, safe in the arms of their loved ones.

“As well as caring for the patient, a big part of my job involves offering emotional support to their family to try and help them through this difficult time. Everyone should be able to choose where they die when the time comes.

“My job can be sad, funny, frustrating, exhausting, traumatic and sometimes a bit frightening but, it’s always rewarding fulfilling and never depressing.

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Marie Curie memory walk at Sandringham ANL-150817-082211009

“To get such positive feedback from patients’ families confirming that I’ve made a difference to their lives, whilst knowing that I’ve helped their loved one to fulfil their wish to die at home with dignity, makes what I do so rewarding.”

Marie Curie hope to raise a total of £1.2 million from the 19 walks across the UK with a chunk of that coming from the Sandringham event.