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Hundreds Walk Ten at Sandringham to support cancer care

Walk Ten at Sandringham, for the Marie Curie Charity
Team Tilney All Saints, LtoR, Kate Voulding, Jane Perham, Moira Keith ANL-140831-092421009

Walk Ten at Sandringham, for the Marie Curie Charity Team Tilney All Saints, LtoR, Kate Voulding, Jane Perham, Moira Keith ANL-140831-092421009

Hundreds of walkers descended on Sandringham at the weekend to help raise vital funds for a leading cancer charity.

The royal estate was the setting for Walk Ten, a 10 kilometre twilight walk held on Saturday in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

And, with each of the estimated 700 adult walkers being encouraged to raise £60 in sponsorship, organisers hope to have raised more than £40,000 for the cause.

That will pay for around 2,000 hours of care for terminally ill people in their own homes across Norfolk.

And Ed Turnham, the charity’s partnership manager for East Anglia, said: “There were lots of people from King’s Lynn and the King’s Lynn area there.

“We allocate by postcode area, so the money raised from people in King’s Lynn will be spent in King’s Lynn and the surrounding area. We’ll be able to provide more care for more people.”

The evening also included live music and entertainment, which participants were encouraged to enjoy with a picnic after completing the walk.

And the festivities culminated with a fireworks display at 10pm, timed to coincide with the moment that many of the charity’s nurses begin their overnight shifts.

Mr Turnham said many children, who are not registered to take part, and families came along to enjoy the walk, which they are hoping to stage again next year.

He said: “It really did go well. It was a great atmosphere.”

The walk was one of 19 such events being staged by the charity this summer and the only one being held in East Anglia.

It also coincided with similar walks in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace in London and Stormont Castle in Belfast.

 

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