Beccles group walk 26 miles in aid of MS Society

MS Society walk group

MS Society walk group - Credit: Lynsey Wright

A group of 24 people from Beccles walked 26 miles to raise money for the MS Society.

MS Society group in Beccles leave for 26 mile walk

MS Society group in Beccles leave for 26 mile walk - Credit: Lynsey Wright

The charity event was set up by Lynsey Wright in memory of her mother Judy Ellwood who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) at the age of 44.

Her mother died twenty years later in September 2015, aged 64.

The group which took part in the walk, included friends of Mrs Wright and her mum.

They had originally set a target of raising £500, however they have smashed their goal and have so far raised just under £3,000.

Donna and Sam during the 26 mile MS Society walk in Beccles

Donna and Sam during the 26 mile MS Society walk in Beccles - Credit: Lynsey Wright


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Mrs Wright said: 'The MS left my mum her bedbound for many years but she was amazingly strong and courageous throughout it.

'The walk was an absolutely amazing experience. I am grateful to everyone who joined us on the day and who supported us throughout this.

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'I am also delighted at how much we have raised in comparison to our original aim, and we have got a meal organised which hopefully will raise even more towards the MS Society.'

The group set off from Beccles Town Football Club's nest at 7am on Saturday morning.

They walked Nicholas Everitt Park along the river and back, before doing part of the marsh trail and ending up back at the nest at around 4pm.

Some of the group competed in all 26 miles, with others doing 20, 16, 10 or six miles.

Mrs Wright said: 'I was so emotional when we finished and returned to the nest. We had lots of people waiting for us at the end to mark our return with balloons and a celebration which was really nice.

'I was absolutely shattered afterwards, it took so long, but the feeling at the end when we finished and to know we raised money for such a good cause made it worthwhile.'

Following the sponsored walk a charity meal has been arranged in Beccles which is set to be a sell out event, and donations of raffle prizes would be gratefully received.

To donate to the cause visit www.justgiving.com/companyteams/LovelyLegs.

Are you holding a fundraising event? Email kieran.lynch@archant.co.uk

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