Walpole Cross Keys school gives support as headteacher does it for Dad

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Walpole Cross Keys Primary School’s headteacher has thanked children, parents and staff from the school for their help in raising £3,150 for Parkinson’s UK.

Stuart Graver, 47, completed a 197-mile challenge with his friend, Jason Brannon, during the May half-term last week with hopes of hitting a target of £2,000.

He was inspired to help raise awareness of the charity after his father, Robin, 73, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s with Lewy bodies, a form of dementia, three years ago, leaving the family to take on the role of full-time carers.

Stuart said: “You see the person in front of you disappear and forget you, and yet they can often still survive for years which is incredibly hard on the family. We did the easy bit by running and every time it got hard, I just thought to myself that my dad would pay anything to use his legs, but I’m complaining about calf pain from running.”

The pair ran over 20 miles each day as they took in the Norfolk coastline from Hunstanton to Cromer and Yarmouth before moving inland.

Stuart said: “It’s amazing what the human body can do when it is pushed. We’re both experienced runners but we’ve never done marathons back-to-back like this.

“The support of everyone back home over Twitter and Facebook got us through the week. It was so encouraging to hear about donations and receive messages.

“I’d like to say a massive thank-you to the children, parents and staff at the school who supported us, sent messages and sponsored us.”