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Norfolk walkers put best foot forward for charity

PUBLISHED: 14:32 19 April 2010 | UPDATED: 09:50 02 July 2010

Bill and Nilkki King and Blaze the dog start their walk.

Bill and Nilkki King and Blaze the dog start their walk.

Tracey Gray

Walkers have put their best foot forward in a bid to raise money for a charity which helps people suffering with cancer.

Walkers have put their best foot forward in a bid to raise money for a charity which helps people suffering with cancer.

The annual sponsored Bure Valley Railway Walk took place on Saturday and yesterday in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Walkers were given the chance to trek along a nine, six or three mile route from Wroxham to Aylsham, with each walk starting with a trip on the Bure Valley narrow gauge steam train.

Limbering up at the Wroxham Bure Valley Railway Station on Saturday were an array of walkers of all ages.

Lesley Nicholson, 67, from Coltishall said: “I am doing it for my husband, sister and mother-in-law who have all battled with the disease.”

Barrie Marshall, 77, from Ludham added: “I did the walk last year and had a ball, so I wanted to do it all again.”

As well as being given a musical send-off on the station by a Motown singer and entertainment from Justso James the Clown, everyone who took part was given a certificate once they completed the trek.

Helen Chapman, fundraising manager for Macmillan, said: “Everyone has been really chirpy, there has been a really good atmosphere, which is thanks to the weather, we are so pleased it has proved to be such a nice couple of days to have the walk.”

She said in total across the two days there were around 500 people taking part and in total they hope to raise £50,000 from the event.

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