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Health workers walk for Children in Need

PUBLISHED: 16:09 19 November 2009 | UPDATED: 08:52 01 August 2010

A GROUP of health workers from NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney have walked 15 miles through rain and gales in aid of Children in Need.

The group, which was made up of 14 staff members from the primary care trust, began their challenge at Great Yarmouth bus station near Market Gates, walking down Regent Road, along the sea front before reaching Gorleston Sea Front and onto Lowestoft train station.

A GROUP of health workers from NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney have walked 15 miles through rain and gales in aid of Children in Need.

The group, which was made up of 14 staff members from the primary care trust, began their challenge at Great Yarmouth bus station near Market Gates, walking down Regent Road, along the sea front before reaching Gorleston Sea Front and onto Lowestoft train station.

Anni Jones, individual funding request coordinator for Great Yarmouth and Waveney, came up with the idea to raise money for the national charity event.

The 25-year-old said: “I thought a sponsored walk would be a great idea because everyone could join in and as NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney widely supports health living this gave us a opportunity to promote this along with raising money for Children In Need.

“Although it was wet and windy, it was an enjoyable day, which I would definitely consider doing again.”

Abi Howes, workplace health promotion practitioner for NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney, added: “I organised the walk with our exercise referral coordinator, Charles Allen, who is also a trained walk leader. We arranged stops along the way where people could either join us or stop if they wanted to.

“Three people had to stop, two through injuries, and the weather was really treacherous but we were determined to carry on.

“Everyone did really well and 15 miles is a very long way especially enduring the weather conditions that we experienced on the day. However, considering the weather, spirits were kept high and everyone really enjoyed it.

“It was a challenge as well as a real achievement for every member of the team.”

The group collected £220.70 through bucket rattles during the walk last Saturday, November 14, and individual sponsorship has raised a total of £629.70 so far.

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