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Norwich: We'll remember Jill as we walk coastal path

PUBLISHED: 16:59 08 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:08 01 July 2010

Jill Aldous

Jill Aldous

Tracey Gray

A group of friends and family members are set to embark on a 45-mile walk along the Norfolk coastal path raising money in memory of a Norwich woman who lost her fight against cancer.

A group of friends and family members are set to embark on a 45-mile walk along the Norfolk coastal path raising money in memory of a Norwich woman who lost her fight against cancer.

In October last year, mother-of-two, Jill Aldous, 47, from Recreation Road in Norwich, lost her battle with breast cancer which she had fought in stages for many years.

Ms Aldous was well known around Norwich having run Pampers Beauty Salon in London Street for 25 years.

Now a group of some of her close friends and family are undertaking their own challenge to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

On Thursday, June 10, her partner Andrew Rayment and her nephew Tom Frere-Smith, alongside friends Russell and Clare Evans, Katrina Harrison and Julie Engall, will begin a 45-mile walk along Norfolk's coastal path.

Starting in Hunstanton, they will walk 20 miles to Holkham where they will spend the night, walking a further 15 miles to Cley on day two, before completing the challenge by walking the remaining 10 miles to Cromer on Saturday, June 12.

Mr Rayment, 45, who works as a builder and had been with Ms Aldous for 15 years, said: “Jill had battled breast cancer many times in the past and had had a double mastectomy. This time it came back and within two weeks of having a blood test which confirmed cancer, she had died.

“It has not been easy, but we have had lots of friends and family who have helped us, and I know Jill is watching over us.

“We wanted to do the walk both to remember Jill and to help raise money for charity.”

For the final stretch of the walk, the couple's two daughters, Maisie, 11, and Robyn, 13, will join in alongside other family members and friends. The group are aiming to raise £5, 000 for Cancer Research UK.

Mr Evans, one of Ms Aldous's friends, said: “Jill was a beautiful person, inside and out. She courageously fought cancer in stages for many years yet she never lost her zest for life.

“Jill was a Norfolk girl, born and bred, with an insatiable appetite for all things Norfolk. She would have loved that fact that her nearest and dearest are remembering her this way and raising vital funds for Cancer Research UK.”

Donations can be made online at www.justgiving.com/awalkforjill

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