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Fourteenth Astro Brain Tumour Fund Norfolk Family Walk takes place at Holkham Hall




Around 200 people braved the wet conditions in the grounds of an an 18th-century country house to raise funds for a brain cancer charity.

Organisers have hailed the fourteenth annual Astro Brain Tumour Fund Norfolk Family Walk for Brain Tumours at Holkham Hall as “one of the most successful ones yet”.

Sponsored walkers and donations have resulted in a total of around £16,500 so far, which includes raffle proceeds of £268.

Organiser, Mary Burton with volunteer, Val Minns, right, at Holkham Hall.. Pictures: Ian Burt
Organiser, Mary Burton with volunteer, Val Minns, right, at Holkham Hall.. Pictures: Ian Burt

Adults, children and 40 dogs, walked 1,500 miles around the grounds of the Palladian style house on Sunday.

And those taking on the ten mile challenge passed through Wells-next-the-Sea where there were plenty of chances for refreshments to help them on their way.

A spokeswoman for Astro Brain Tumour Fund, a Norfolk-based charity, said: “Against the all odds, including a wet weather forecast and the Covid-19 restrictions, it has turned out to be one of the most successful ones yet.

Smiles a plenty as plenty of walkers take part in the fundraiser at Holkham Hall. Pictures: Ian Burt
Smiles a plenty as plenty of walkers take part in the fundraiser at Holkham Hall. Pictures: Ian Burt

“We were lucky in that we had a few dry hours before the rain came but it was mainly sporadic and light – although packing up was a wet business!”

The charity raises funds for research into low grade brain tumours (LGGs) and supports patients and their families via their website and a closed Facebook support page. It is staffed entirely by volunteers.

The spokeswoman thanked the “Sunshine Seekers”, Georgia, Sheetal and other walkers who come back year after year for the event.

She also thanked Adrian Flux for sponsoring all the expenses once again and Holkham Hall for hosting the event.

Events manager for the estate Shirley Browell was singled out for being “very helpful and supportive on the day”.

And charity trustees Mary, Robbie, Linda and Angela, plus volunteers Terry and Val and Michael were also recognised for helping on the day and running the socially distanced raffle.



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