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Swaffham fundraiser completes Angles Way challenge in aid of mental health service and sports club

A respected long-distance walker has embarked on his latest adventure in aid of a service which supports those with dementia.

Peter Harris , a former marathon runner, set off to follow the ancient path of the Angles Way last week in order to raise funds for Swaffham’s Merle Boddy Centre.

Despite being in his eighth decade, Mr Harris covered nearly 100 miles over six consecutive days with stages of around sixteen miles per day.

Peter Harris setting off on his Angles Way fundraising mission. Picture: SUBMITTED (42344894)
Peter Harris setting off on his Angles Way fundraising mission. Picture: SUBMITTED (42344894)

Funds are also going to Swaffham Rugby Club, where Mr Harris is vice-president and has a long-time association with.

A spokesman for the Merle Boddy Centre said: “A remarkable and amazing achievement at his maturity.

“Peter’s endeavours have raised a very valuable and welcome sum of more than £750 for the Merle Boddy Centre.

“This is especially welcome presently, as the centre is reopening for their clients this week, despite the health restrictions, with absolute care and attention to the need for health security.

“To achieve this threshold of renewed services to the Swaffham clientele, considerable funds have necessarily been spent on renewal of amenities and specialist health care equipment, so the sponsorship funding is most timely.”

Volunteers from Merle Boddy and the rugby club provided daily transits to and from the start and pick-up points. during Mr Harris’ challenge.

Donations are still being welcomed and you can do so by visiting the Merle Boddy website at https://www.merleboddy.org.uk/fundraising or by visiting the Just Giving page directly at https://justgiving.com/campaign/walknorfolk.

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