What heroes - 3 Dads Walking complete trek to Shouldham and raise £500,000
They have captured the hearts not only of this nation but some of the biggest names in showbiz, the 3 Dads Walking who today finished their 300-mile cross-country trek in Shouldham raising in passing an incredible £500,000 for their chosen charity.
They finished at Shouldham because that is the home of one of the dads, Tim Owen.
He like his two companion has suffered the unimaginable heartbreak of having his daughter take her own life.
Hence the walk was raising money for the Papyrus Trust, who work to raise awareness of suicide in the young.
It seemed like the whole of Shouldham and a good bit beyond had turned out to welcome Time and his fellow walkers, Andy Airey, from Cumbria and Mike Palmer, from Greater Manchester.
Andy lost his 29-year-old daughter Sophie in 2018, Mike his 17-year-old daughter Beth in March 2020, the same month Tim's daughter Emily died.
As they came home they proudly showed photographs of their beloved daughters.
It has taken the 3 Dads 15 days to make the trek from Andy's home in Cumbria to Tim's in West Norfolk.
Along the way the three have garnered tremendous support and publicity, greatly helped by two stellar donations from film stars Daniel Craig, of James Bond fame, and Australian superstar Nicole Kidman, who have both been moved to make £10,000 donations each.
Former Manchester United legend Lou Macari also donated £10,001.
The 3 Dads had originally set themselves a £30,000 target. Nearly 25,000 people had donated to the Just Giving page by tonight.
BBC Radio 5Live was broadcasting live from The Green in Shouldham as the 3 Dads came home with a police escort.
Waiting to greet them was the borough mayor Harry Humphrey and Alan Dunn, mayor of Keswick, in Cumbria, where the walk had started.
Tim has said of his journey: "Along the way we’ve had some really powerful conversations. One lady who’d seen us on television said that for the first time she’d been able to sit down with her teenage children and talk about suicide.
“She’d had a frank and open conversation with them about suicide and we hope other families will now do the same."
Ged Flynn, chief executive of Papyrus, said the walk has been a life-saver:
“The three dads epitomise what our charity is all about, turning the tragedy of young suicide into hope."
To donate go to their Just Giving page