74-year-old Beccles resident completes 192-mile walk for local charity

A 74-year-old resident from Beccles completed his latest walking challenge today – all to raise money for a local hospital.

Brian Keable, of St George's Road, has walked 192-miles to complete a coast to coast journey and to raise money for The League of Friends of Beccles and District War Memorial Hospital.

The former naval engineer did the journey with his 64-year-old brother Nigel Godley, from America.

He said: 'We have wanted to do this for over three years now. I have done it once before and it was a brilliant experience.

'It was really good, very tiring but worth it. I found some nice places to stay on the way and I met some really friendly people.'


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The walk saw the brothers starting in St Bees Head in Cumbria and finishing today at Robin Hood's Bay in Whitby.

Mr Keable's wife Doreen said: 'They've had some awful weather. It was really windy but they have enjoyed it. They've loved the scenery and walking alongside the river and in the Dales.

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'I just think it's amazing he wants to do it and can do it at his age.'

The great-grandfather has previously completed the Bungay Half Marathon, the 1999 London Marathon, the Three Peaks in the Yorkshire Dales, and a 50-mile bike ride, all for local charities.

He said: 'I think it's very important to keep active especially for the elderly.'

Mr Keable said he wanted to raise the money for Beccles Hospital because 'it is a very important place and is used a lot.'

So far the duo have raised about �200 but donations are still coming in.

Mrs Keable added: 'Any money he can raise is good. A little amount goes a long way.'

• If you would like to donate please call Doreen Keable on 01502 712312 or Maureen Saunders on 01502 714911.

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