Supporters of The Norfolk Diabetes Trust will be pulling on their walking boots and shoes this weekend for a 62-mile trek along the coast.

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The 12 hiking fundraisers hope to boost the charity’s coffers again in 2012, after last year’s walk around the entire Norfolk coastline raised an impressive £12,000.

However this year, they are opting for a change of scenery and will be setting out from Felixstowe early this morning to walk along the Suffolk coast.

After an overnight stop in Aldeburgh, the walk will continue up the coast, ending with a reception at Potters at Hopton, in Norfolk.

Ed Masters, who has organised the walk with his friend James Hood, was inspired to get involved with The Norfolk Diabetes Trust after his 14-year-old son Jack was diagnosed with type one diabetes more than two years ago.

Mr Masters, who runs Barnmasters estate agents and is from Norwich, said: “The generous support we had last year was overwhelming and we really want to do something every year to help the charity, because it does so much to support people in Norfolk who have diabetes.”

The charity has ploughed £2.5m into improvements in Norfolk for the care and treatment of diabetics, including funding the Elsie Bertram Diabetes Centre at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

The trust has recently spent £200,000 on a new IT system for the centre, and is keen to extend its work with the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn, and the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston. The charity also supports research, for example, into new ways of managing type one and type two diabetes.

Pictured above, from left, are walkers James Hood, Julian Wells, Ed Masters and Andrew Hipper.

If anyone would like to make a donation cheques should be made payable to The Norfolk Diabetes Trust and sent to Barnmasters at 70a King Street, Norwich NR1 1PG.

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