Boxer Anthony Ogogo joins Walk the Journey Addenbrooke’s fundraiser

Lowestoft boxer Anthony Ogogo (centre) joins walkers on the Walk the Journey trek from Great Yarmout

Lowestoft boxer Anthony Ogogo (centre) joins walkers on the Walk the Journey trek from Great Yarmouth to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge - Credit: Alice Denham

Boxer Anthony Ogogo and weather presenter Julie Reinger joined walkers completing a 102.5 mile trek which has so far raised £9,000 for two hospitals.

The Lowestoft middleweight, who won bronze at London 2012, and the Look East presenter, along with her husband Chris, took part in day one of Walk the Journey between Great Yarmouth and Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge which involved a group of people whose lives were saved by staff at Addenbrookes after suffering brain haemorrhages.

And the Olympian's mother Teresa, who is herself recovering following a brain aneurysm, also joined the day one walkers, who set off on June 21 and she completed six miles despite still being in the early stages of recovery.

Other participants who had overcome haemorrhaghes following treatment at Addenbrooke's included Trevor Payne, Alice Denham and Linda Bridgland.

And mother Alison Curtis also walked some of the journey on behalf of her daughter Ria, 12, whose life was also saved by staff at Addenbrooke's.


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Photographer Sheba Farmiloe also joined the walkers to make a photographic journal of the six strong group of walkers as they continued their adventure.

They received help from the East Coast Community Healthcare Exercise Referral expert Charles Allen and have been using walking to get back to health.

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Ms Denham said the walk took place over a four day period, with 28.5 miles being completed on day one, then a further 26 miles on each of the next three days.

She added: 'We were really happy to have Anthony with us. He is a professional boxer and he is training all the time and he is away, but he has been sending us messages all the way encouraging us to keep going and telling us that we are doing really well, so we were really grateful that he was able to take some time out of a busy day to send those messages and really pleased to have that support.'

The money will be split between Addenbrooke's and the James Paget University Hospital at Gorleston, although fundraising is still continuing and there will be a fun day on July 21 at Caxton Club in Beccles to raise further funds.

Ms Denham added the money would help to fund the work of the neurocritical care unit at Addenbrooke's.

Of the total raised, she said: 'I am really pleased and if our fundraising can take us up and maybe even over £10,000 that would be excellent.'

To donate, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Walkthejourney2013.

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