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Swaffham group members complete walk from Castle Acre to Ringstead for Yemen cause




Two spirited members of a Swaffham community group completed a gruelling walk in aid of a nation facing the largest humanitarian crisis in the world.

Stephen Ward and Andrew Stephen of Swaffham Rotary Club walked 20 miles on Wednesday from the Bailey Gate in Castle Acre to the Gin Trap pub in Ringstead.

They have been fundraising for the Children of Yemen, with many in urgent need due to war, starvation, being held in camps and Covid-19.

Stephen Ward and Andrew Stephen at the start of the sponsored walk at the Bailey Gate in Castle Acre. Picture: SUBMITTED (43137877)
Stephen Ward and Andrew Stephen at the start of the sponsored walk at the Bailey Gate in Castle Acre. Picture: SUBMITTED (43137877)

The fundraisers were concerned the lockdown may have postponed the walk, but they will still able to complete the challenge with social distancing in place.

Mr Ward said: “We tried hard to think of ways of raising money which wouldn’t contravene any of the regulations necessarily imposed during the Covid Pandemic.

“We thought we could combine daily exercise with sponsorship and the rest was up to our sponsors, who have been amazingly generous.”

Stephen Ward and Andrew Stephen at the end of their sponsored walk at the Gin Trap pub in Ringstead on November 11. Picture: SUBMITTED
Stephen Ward and Andrew Stephen at the end of their sponsored walk at the Gin Trap pub in Ringstead on November 11. Picture: SUBMITTED

They have raised more than £1,600 so far with more than 60 people showing their support with donations.

A fundraising page can be found at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/steveandandyswalk.

Mr Stephen added: "It is very difficult to raise funds at the moment, as everyone knows, but we felt that we’d like to do something, anything which could make a difference – albeit a small one.

“We could wait, but the children of Yemen can’t. No one else seemed to be doing much so we thought we must.”



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