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Volunteers' marathon walk raises £2,500 for King's Lynn Samaritans



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A group of volunteers for King’s Lynn Samaritans walked a marathon distance at the weekend to raise funds for the charity.

The group braved the volatile weather conditions on Saturday to cover 26.2 miles from Litcham Common, along the Nar Valley Way, to Lynn and have so far raised about £2,500 as part of the Samaritans’ national Samarathon effort.

Among the walkers, who set off at 7am and arrived at the charity’s Lynn branch at 5.30pm, were King’s Lynn Samaritans director Rachel Goldsmith and her husband Adrian, and publicity officer Edward Kenny.

King's Lynn Samaritans volunteer walk a marathon for the Samarathon effort. Picture: SUBMITTED. (39347301)
King's Lynn Samaritans volunteer walk a marathon for the Samarathon effort. Picture: SUBMITTED. (39347301)

Mr Kenny said: “It was a beautiful walk and we were wearing the Samaritans bibs, we didn’t meet a lot of people but the people we did meet were very supportive.”

They were also supported by Richard and Julia James who met the group at checkpoints throughout the day with refreshments.

Mr Kenny said the group had been pretty cheerful for most of the walk until the late afternoon when the heavy rain started.

Thankfully their spirits were lifted once they arrived at the Queen Street Samaritans branch, especially as they were welcomed by supporters and a spread of food and drinks to enjoy, courtesy of volunteer Valerie Woods.

The funds raised from the walk are vital, as the charity’s main fundraiser, a cycle ride at Sandringham, had to be called off this year.

To donate, visit the donation page here.



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