Fundraisers and poetry-lovers came together to help raise hundreds of pounds for a West Norfolk cancer charity by taking part in an eight-hour poetry readathon.
King’s Lynn Centre Poets took part in the sponsored marathon read of the complete works of John Betjemen to raise money for the Robert Foot Leukaemia Fund at Lynn’s Waterstone’s store.
Michael Foot, charity founder and event organiser, said: “It was brilliant. A really amazing day and we were really pleased with the turnout.
“The deputy mayor came with his lady to read a poem and we had a poet from the King’s Lynn Poetry Festival come and join in.”
The poetry readathon raised £128 from bucket collections on the day, £240 from sponsorship and the organisers are still collecting the rest of the sponsorship money. These funds will go towards providing the extra patient comforts which cannot be funded by the NHS.
Mr Foot added: “We’ve raised a tremendous amount of money so far and have more yet to come.”
The money is being raised in memory of the charity founder’s son, Robert, who died of leukaemia nearly 11 years ago.
The charity is holding its eighth annual fundraising quiz on October 26 at Walpole Parish Hall.
Starting at 7.30pm, teams of four can enter for £4 per person and there will be refreshments and a tombola.