Mum’s Marriott’s Way challenge to raise money for Norfolk charity Nelson’s Journey

A mother-of-two has walked the length of the Marriott's Way to raise money for a children's bereavement charity.

Stephanie Blanch walked the 21 miles from Aylsham to Norwich on Saturday, September 1 for Nelson's Journey – a charity which supports children dealing with a family bereavement.

The 36-year-old discovered the charity through her work at Peter Taylor Funeral Service on Norwich Road in Costessey.

As a mother of two children, she said their work struck a chord with her.

Mrs Blanch said: 'I have two children myself and it means a lot to me to raise funds for this worthwhile cause. I chose a long sponsored walk because I wanted my fundraiser to be hard but achievable, to reflect the journey these youngsters go on as they learn to deal with the loss of a parent or sibling.'

Despite struggling with pain in her hips, she completed the walk in seven-and-a half hours.

She said: 'It was very painful towards the end. My feet and knees were fine, but my hips and thighs hurt for the last eight miles.'

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Two friends walked the last five miles with Mrs Blanch to help her complete the charity challenge.

'They got me through it by singing songs.' she said. 'I thought, I have got to get to the end.'

Mrs Blanch began her journey at 8.30am from Aylsham and after getting lost around Reepham, completed the walk by 4pm.

Having raised about �400 so far, Mrs Blanch and the team at Nelson's Journey have yet to decide whether the money raised will go towards the day-to-day work of the charity, or a special event that will benefit bereaved children.

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