Garboldisham cricketers’ walk from Hunstanton to Cromer Pier raises more than £3,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support
07:30 25 April 2014
Cricket club members hit a six for charity when they completed a gruelling 48-mile walk along Norfolk’s coastal footpath in memory of fellow players who had died from cancer, raising more than £3,000.
Garboldisham Cricket Club came up with the idea to walk from Hunstanton to Cromer Pier because many of them knew people who had suffered or died from the illness.
They included popular club stalwart and long-standing wicket keeper Chris Bunning, who died from throat cancer in October last year.
However as they were planning the two-day route over the Easter weekend, 16-year-old member Jake Snowling died from a brain tumour - making the event all the more meaningful.
Organiser Ryan Jaynes, who lives in Diss, said the event - named the Walking Wickets Wander - was “agonising”.
However he added that the memory of friends and loved ones who had suffered from the illness kept them going.
He said the 10-strong team had hoped to raise £2,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
However they have exceeded all expectations, with donations now totalling more than £3,000.
“There were times when we thought: ‘Can we do it?’ but there was no way we were going to fail,” the 26-year-old said.
“On the second morning we were thinking of the people we had lost and that drove us on. It gave us the uplift we needed.”
The team of Danny Cash, Robert Fuller, Peter Bray, Michael Swords, James Gilbee, Robert Davis, Jack Stevenson, Alex Cook, Tom Ling and Mr Jaynes walked for 12 hours, starting in Hunstanton at 8am on Saturday.
They stopped overnight in Blakeney and completed the remainder of the journey to Cromer the following day.
They took a well-earned rest on Easter Monday to recover from the blisters and other aches and pains they suffered during the gruelling walk.
“Macmillan had supported friends and family of ours, so we thought it would be a good charity to select,” said Mr Jaynes.
“We are trying to give something back.”
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