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Get set, slow – centre staff set off to Wales

PUBLISHED: 11:15 05 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:15 05 July 2018

Emma Pawsey, front left, and Clare Pretty, Hebron House staff, who are starting their travels from Norwich to Hebron in Wales, with no money and by any transport they can, by tractors for the first 30 miles. The Lord Mayor, Martin Schmierer, sees them off, with Ben Burgess tractor drivers, Jamie Golinny, left, and Ben Chilvers. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Emma Pawsey, front left, and Clare Pretty, Hebron House staff, who are starting their travels from Norwich to Hebron in Wales, with no money and by any transport they can, by tractors for the first 30 miles. The Lord Mayor, Martin Schmierer, sees them off, with Ben Burgess tractor drivers, Jamie Golinny, left, and Ben Chilvers. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Two alcohol rehabilitation centre staff members have set off on a hitchhiking trip to Wales – on a tractor.

Emma Pawsey, left, and Clare Pretty, Hebron House staff, who are starting their travels from Norwich to Hebron in Wales, with no money and by any transport they can, by tractors for the first 30 miles. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYEmma Pawsey, left, and Clare Pretty, Hebron House staff, who are starting their travels from Norwich to Hebron in Wales, with no money and by any transport they can, by tractors for the first 30 miles. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Clare Pretty and Emma Pawsey left Hebron House, a 10 bed female-only drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre in Norwich, for the village of Hebron in Wales.

The 350 mile journey is raising money for a bursary placement at the house, which will enable a woman without social care funding to access rehab for up to six months.

The two women are travelling with no money and by any means or mode of transport necessary.

They are hoping to travel approximately 90 miles 
per day and they must reach their destination in five days.

Starting the journey was a tractor ride, provided by Ben Burgess, followed by 11 further hitches on Monday and Tuesday.

Miss Pawsey, Hebron House manager, said: “It’s really exhausting, it’s very hot, but we have had a wonderful time meeting some amazing people.

“Tescos have been very helpful getting us to different stores. One Tesco had a big welcome banner and balloons.

“We have had so much food given to us we can’t carry it.

“It’s an amazing feeling to be out here with no money at the mercy of the heat but with such generosity from people.”

The pair have so far travelled in a Tescos delivery truck and employee’s cars, as well as a free taxi.

On Monday they stayed at a donated night at a hotel room in Pidley, and on Tuesday in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

They then travelled to Hay-on-Wye.

Miss Pretty lost her job, her home and almost her life because of her addiction to alcohol, but thanks to Hebron House and her own determination, she has turned her life around.

“I was a very broken woman when I came in here, and I had lost a lot,” Miss Pretty said. “But Hebron House changed 
my life.”

The former property surveyor, from London, was referred to the charity’s rehab centre in February 2015.

Six months later Miss Pretty managed to overcome her addiction, and she has been alcohol free for more than three years. She now works for the charity.

To sponsor the Hebron to Hebron challenge, visit www.chuffed.org/project/hebron2hebron-challenge

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