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Hunstanton fundraiser sets new target after completing 700,000 step challenge for Captain Tom

A West Norfolk fundraiser who stepped up to a charity walking challenge in memory of Captain Sir Tom Moore has a new goal in her sights.

Yvonne Bridger, from Hunstanton, set out to cover 700,000 steps in 70 days for her 70th birthday, in aid of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s Covid-19 fund, following Sir Tom’s death in February.

But, having achieved that milestone this week, Mrs Bridger has her eyes set on a new challenge, even as she takes a well-earned rest.

Yvonne Bridger takes a well-earned rest after completing her 700,000 step challenge (45941716)
Yvonne Bridger takes a well-earned rest after completing her 700,000 step challenge (45941716)

Volunteers, including her husband John, have signed up to take the total up to a million steps over the next few weeks.

And Mrs Bridger hopes to be able to hand over the proceeds of her challenge, nearly £1,800 so far, to QEH officials on what would have been Sir Tom’s 101st birthday on April 30.

Mrs Bridger said she completed the challenge with a final lap of the town’s High Street on Tuesday afternoon.

She continued: “It might take a while to ‘sink in’ as I have never undertaken such a walking challenge before - and it might now be time to put my feet up for a while.”

“Over the course of last weekend, the seed of an idea started to grow in my head to take the step count up to 1,000,000 with the additional 300,000 steps taken by family and friends.”

Eight volunteers have signed up to take part and it is hoped the extra distance will be covered over the next two to three weeks.

The extension of the challenge came as the Captain Tom Foundation this week announced plans for a new challenge, to coincide with his birthday, to encourage people to take up their own fundraising challenge based around the number 100.

Sir Tom famously walked 100 laps of his garden and ended up raising nearly £40 million for NHS charities.

More information about the initiative can be found at https://captaintom100.com/.

To donate to Mrs Bridger’s cause, visit https://uk.gofundme.com/f/to-support-qeh-kings-lynn-yvonne-bridger.

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