Thousands raised during Sandringham Smiles walk

Smiles at Sandringham memorial walk IAO Nelson's Journey 
Special presentation to Jack Plummer (10) and his nanny Rachel Walker, before the start of the walk. ANL-161206-203635009

Smiles at Sandringham memorial walk IAO Nelson's Journey Special presentation to Jack Plummer (10) and his nanny Rachel Walker, before the start of the walk. ANL-161206-203635009

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A memorial walk has raised thousands of pounds for a Norfolk charity which supports bereaved children.

The Smiles at Sandringham event, which took place on Saturday, was the first of its kind to be staged in this area in support of Nelson’s Journey.

Smiles at Sandringham memorial walk IAO Nelson's Journey 
Walkers setting off  around Sandringham Country Park ANL-161206-203203009

Smiles at Sandringham memorial walk IAO Nelson's Journey Walkers setting off around Sandringham Country Park ANL-161206-203203009

But, with 130 people participating and almost £3,500 raised, officials were thrilled with the public’s response.

Gena Moore, the charity’s corporate funding and marketing officer, said: “It was a great day for the families who came to remember their loved ones.

“The fact that the sun shone meant that families enjoyed the day right into the late afternoon, with many of them taking the opportunity to go and visit Sandringham House and Gardens after the walk.

“We raised an incredible £3478 from the event, which is a huge testament to the families who came and raised sponsorship, as well as all who gave generously at the raffle and fundraising games on the day.

Smiles at Sandringham memorial walk IAO Nelson's Journey 
Walkers setting off  around Sandringham Country Park ANL-161206-203502009

Smiles at Sandringham memorial walk IAO Nelson's Journey Walkers setting off around Sandringham Country Park ANL-161206-203502009

“We are very grateful to Sandringham Estate for giving us the space free-of-charge, and to Bespak who sponsored the event, meaning so much of the day was free for the families who came along.”

A special presentation was also made to 10-year-old Jack Plummer, and his grandmother, Rachel Walker.

They were chosen to represent the charity and meet the Queen when she officially opened the new Norfolk Hospice Tapping House facility at Hillington in February.

They presented her with Nelson’s Journey worry bears for Prince George and Princess Charlotte in recognition of the support they received from both organisations following the death of Jack’s mother, Aimee.

And borough mayor David Whitby presented them with framed photos of them with the Queen.