Around 70 people do the conga outside The Forum in Norwich as 300-day charity challenge ends

Ryan Doubleday, child bereavement support worker for the charity Nelsons Journey based in Norwich, completes his amazing 300-mile, 300-day quirky fundraiser challenge by leading a conga dance through the city.
Photo by Simon Finlay Ryan Doubleday, child bereavement support worker for the charity Nelsons Journey based in Norwich, completes his amazing 300-mile, 300-day quirky fundraiser challenge by leading a conga dance through the city. Photo by Simon Finlay

Saturday, July 28, 2012
6:31 PM

Around 70 people performed the conga in the middle of Norwich last night, to mark the culmination of one man’s remarkable 300-day charity challenge.

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People joined in with Ryan Doubleday on the final day of his challenge, which has seen him raise over £2,000 by walking a mile in a different way, every day, for 300 days.

The child bereavement support worker for local charity Nelson’s Journey raised the money for his employers by walking each mile in different weird and wacky ways.

Walking in wellies filled with custard, moon walking in a giant spaceman suit, bouncing on a space-hopper and riding a bike dressed as a nurse were all part of the 27-year-old’s challenge.

Both of Mr Doubleday’s parents died of cancer when he was young, aged only 14 when he lost his mother and 16 when he lost his father. He was living in Hertfordshire at the time where there was no charity around like Nelson’s Journey to help him deal with his loss.

He is now passionate about helping the charity to help others that have experienced losing someone dear to them.

He said: “We provide a therapeutic weekend for the children we support where we talk about memories of the loved ones we’ve lost, we light a candle and discuss our feelings, but we always follow with fun activities that boost the children’s spirits.

“It is great for the children to talk to someone detached from the situation, because often it is hard for them to talk to mum and dad as they are protecting their parents, they don’t want to upset them.”

The hardest part of the challenge for the young charity worker was completing an assault course with the Light Dragoons at the British Army barracks in Swanton Morley.

Mr Doubleday continued: “I completed the assault course carrying a man on a stretcher, then the regiment said ‘right now let’s do the mile’, I thought that was the mile.”

Now that the 300 days are over, his unusual travels have ended and it is safe to say that he will be walking in normal fashion from now.

He added: “I am mainly looking forward to waking up in the morning and not having to walk a mile dressed as Scooby Doo or carrying a book on my head.”

To donate to Mr Doubleday’s cause, go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ryandoubleday

- Are you raising funds for charity? Contact Rosa McMahon on 01603 772495 or rosa.mcmahon@archant.co.uk

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