Norwich Mum takes her children on a 36 mile charity walk during half-term

A mum and her two children chose to enjoy the great outdoors during half-term – by completing a eight-day 36-mile charity walk.

Kate Barrell, of Park Lane, Norwich, took Luca, aged seven, and Bryony Gaffney, aged four, on a walkabout along the scenic Boudicca Way.

And the intrepid trio stayed in B&Bs, camped in the meadows and were looked after by friends as they completed the Norwich to Diss challenge, not returning home until it was complete.

Mrs Barrell, a teacher at Wymondham High School, said the group were raising cash for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, with more than �300 of their �500 target already collected.

She said: 'We didn't get in the car but just walked and walked. Last year I ran a half marathon for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and this year I have a knee injury so I thought I would do a walk.


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'I think the children have enjoyed it. It was really rainy on the Friday and I thought they might stop but they really wanted to do Saturday.

'It's the longest walk they've done. We do go for little walks of maybe two or three miles.'

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The group were joined by friends and family to complete the final four miles to Diss Mere on Saturday, June 9.

Mrs Barrell said they stopped at the Norfolk and Norwich Camping and Caravanning site and the Chestnuts B&B in Long Stratton. She added they were also looked after by friends and people who they had made contact with through the appeal, including Rosemary and Jeff Gough in Shotesham St Mary and Penny Whyte in Saxlingham Nethergate.

Mrs Barrell said: 'There is plenty to encourage people to walk Boudicca's Way as it was really well marked most of the time and a really enjoyable walk – when not raining.'

To sponsor Kate, Luca and Bryony, visit http:/virginmoneygiving.com/katebarrell and click on Kate Barrell's fundraising page for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Are you involved in a community project? Contact Local Life editor Rosa McMahon on 01603 772495

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