Helping to end the stigma around addiction was part of the driving force powering walkers around a route along the city’s historic alleys, courts and lanes.

The 5.7-mile 'nooks and crannies' path was followed in aid of local charity The Matthew Project at the start of last month and has raised more than £1,500.

The Walk to Remember was used to raise awareness of the charity's campaign to support those struggling with drug and alcohol addictions and mental health issues and empower those who have struggled in the past with such conditions or lost loved ones as a result.

Around 30 staff members and volunteers took part, as The Matthew Project celebrates its 40th year.

Sarah King, social enterprise manager for the charity, said: ‘‘Empowered by solidarity and a sense of accomplishment when reaching the end of our challenge, the mood was hopeful and upbeat with smiles all around despite the wind and rain.

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‘‘Drug and alcohol misuse often carries a stigma, creating a sense of isolation for those struggling. Finding solidarity with others who share similar experiences can break down that barrier.’’

Eastern Daily Press: The Walk to Remember raised more than £1,500 for The Matthew ProjectThe Walk to Remember raised more than £1,500 for The Matthew Project (Image: The Matthew Project)

Founded in 1984, the project began when Christian social worker Peter Farley noticed the high level of substance abuse among young people in the city at the time and felt they were receiving little support.

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What began as the Tackle Shop, a Norwich-based drop-in for 12 to 25-year-olds to get advice and support for drug abuse, soon transitioned into The Matthew Project, inspired by the Bible.

The charity now supports thousands of people across East Anglia every year. 

In 2022/23 its work included supporting 721 children and young adults suffering from substance abuse and mental health issues, 173 adults recovering from addiction and 522 veterans, serving personnel and family members affected by substance use and/or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).