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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.

Mike Palmer, Tim Owen, Andy Airey. MLNF-21MF100115
Mike Palmer, Tim Owen, Andy Airey. MLNF-21MF100115

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.

The 3 Dads Walking cross the finishing line in Shouldham today (October 23). Andy Airey, Mike Palmer and Tim Owen. MLNF-21MF100107
The 3 Dads Walking cross the finishing line in Shouldham today (October 23). Andy Airey, Mike Palmer and Tim Owen. MLNF-21MF100107

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.

Borough mayor Harry Humphrey with Tim Owen, of Shouldham. MLNF-21MF100121
Borough mayor Harry Humphrey with Tim Owen, of Shouldham. MLNF-21MF100121

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.

West Norfolk mayor Harry Humphrey with Keswick mayor Alan Dunn. MLNF-21MF100127
West Norfolk mayor Harry Humphrey with Keswick mayor Alan Dunn. MLNF-21MF100127

“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

Supporters for the 3 Dads Walking in Shouldham today. MLNF-21MF100102
Supporters for the 3 Dads Walking in Shouldham today. MLNF-21MF100102
Crowds out in force for the 3 Dads Walking in Shouldham today. MLNF-21MF100104
Crowds out in force for the 3 Dads Walking in Shouldham today. MLNF-21MF100104
Supporting the Dad's, Shouldham School football team. MLNF-21MF100112
Supporting the Dad's, Shouldham School football team. MLNF-21MF100112
Andy Airey MLNF-21MF100110
Andy Airey MLNF-21MF100110
Andy Airey, Tim Owen and Mike Palmer in Shouldham. MLNF-21MF100116
Andy Airey, Tim Owen and Mike Palmer in Shouldham. MLNF-21MF100116
Andy Airey is congratulated on his return. MLNF-21MF100117
Andy Airey is congratulated on his return. MLNF-21MF100117
The Three Dad's returning home to Shouldham from their charity walk The Paprus charity will be there for their return.... (52561412)
The Three Dad's returning home to Shouldham from their charity walk The Paprus charity will be there for their return.... (52561412)
The 3 Dads were piped home in Shouldham. MLNF-21MF100122
The 3 Dads were piped home in Shouldham. MLNF-21MF100122
Mike Palmer in Shouldham. MLNF-21MF100124
Mike Palmer in Shouldham. MLNF-21MF100124
Tim Owen, of Shouldham, receiving a cheque from King's Lynn Rotary Club's Ian Mason. MLNF-21MF100125
Tim Owen, of Shouldham, receiving a cheque from King's Lynn Rotary Club's Ian Mason. MLNF-21MF100125
The walk was to raise funds for the Papyrus charity. MLNF-21MF100126
The walk was to raise funds for the Papyrus charity. MLNF-21MF100126


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