Walking around 20 miles a day, for six days is a mammoth challenge regardless of the weather, but when Ray Stevens, a 71-year-old man from Middleton, started planning his challenge, he did not anticipate walking in the recent heatwave conditions. This did not deter him from completing his walk from his home across the county all the way to Mundesley and then back along the beautiful Norfolk coast.

The walk took him through Gayton, Litcham Bawdeswell and North Walsham to Mundesley. He then made this journey back through Cromer, Sheringham, Wells-Next-The-Sea and Brancaster to Hunstanton and then onto Dersingham and back to Middleton. He spent the nights at B&Bs and met lots of very supportive people on his journey.

Ray took on the challenge to fundraise for The Norfolk Hospice after recovering from cancer four years ago and a twisted bowel last year. He wanted to help those who are less fortunate than himself.

He originally set out to raise £2,000 for the hospice but smashed his target early on in his fundraising and has now raised £4438.80, over double the amount!

John Garrett, Director of Finance and Fundraising at the Hospice said,

We appreciate every effort made by supporters to raise money to enable us to continue to care for people from communities in the West and North of Norfolk. For Ray to have walked over 120 miles in six days, bearing in mind his age and background (and the weather), and to have raised the amount he did must rank him among one of the greatest achievements on our behalf that we have seen this year.

Raymond said

I would just like to thank everyone who has sponsored me. Without them I wouldn’t have raised the amount we have.

The Norfolk Hospice relies on the public to fund almost 70% of the care it provides to local people. Taking on a personal challenge is a great way for people to support the Hillington based charity. From walking like Ray to climbing mountains, running a marathon or simply giving up a luxury for a month, there is a challenge for everyone. If you would like to take on a personal challenge to raise funds, please call the fundraising team on 01485 601701.