Trio walking miles home for charity

Three friends are walking a “Hundred Miles Home” to raise cash for three charities that are close to their hearts.

Hollie Atkin (25), Lauren Day (33) and Charlotte Walsh (26) will be dropped off in Hemsby on August 17 and over the following five days will be walking their way back home.

They will be camping on the way which will be a new experience for Lauren and Charlotte.

Hollie Atkin, Lauren Day and Charlotte Walsh who are walking a Hundred Miles Home for charity.

Hollie, who lives in Gedney Drove End, said: “We had spoken of fundraising for a while as it is something that all three of us have done before and we wanted to do again.

“Lauren and I were also wondering what we were going to do with ourselves during the six weeks holiday as we work together in a school, so we decided to combine the two and came up with the idea of walking the Norfolk coast back to The Wash/The Marsh, an area close to all of our homes and the place we frequently all walk our dogs.

“No one else at work fancied joining us but our friend Charlotte was keen so she got involved.”

Primary school teacher Hollie is walking for Marie Curie in memory of her uncle who died from stomach cancer last year.

Hollie added: “Marie Curie provided care and support not only for my uncle but also for my auntie and cousins during the most difficult time of their lives.”

Learning support worker Lauren, of Long Sutton, is raising money for Mind as all three women have close friends and family who have suffered with mental illness.

She said: “I wants to help raise awareness that it’s okay not to be okay and to ensure that no one has to face it alone.”

Procurement executive Charlotte, from Holbeach, is walking for Martin House which is a children’s hospice.

She said: “Martin House cared for Annie, the foster daughter of close family friends for almost seven years. After losing Annie at the age of seven, Martin House continued to support the family and myself through the grieving process.

The girls will be documenting the before, during and after of their adventure via Instagram @Hundred_Miles_Home.

To donate go to JustGiving for Hollie here, for Lauren here and for Charlotte here.

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