Charity’s most successful Butterfly Walk to date raises £3k for Thetford centre

The Benjamin Foundation's annual Butteryfly Walk in Thetford Forest has raised over 3,000 for Meet U

The Benjamin Foundation's annual Butteryfly Walk in Thetford Forest has raised over 3,000 for Meet Up in Thetford. Pictured (L-R): Mike Towndrow, manager of Meet Up in Thetford, run by The Benjamin Foundation; Karl Alderton, managing director of Comms Supply, the event sponsor; Terry Jermy, Mayor of Thetford; Corinne Fulford, Mayors consort; and Tony Ing, chief executive of The Benjamin Foundation. - Credit: Archant

More than 300 people took to the trails in Thetford Forest for a charity's annual Butterfly Walk in aid of a local community centre.

Families enjoyed a leisurely walk and general knowledge quiz trail at High Lodge at the Benjamin Foundation event on Sunday, July 10 – its most successful Butterfly Walk to date.

In total more than £3,000 was raised for the charity's service Meet Up, on the Redcastle Furze estate in Thetford, which is in need of £30,000 of essential building repairs.

Manager of Meet Up Mike Towndrow, who took part in the Butterfly Walk, said: 'We are delighted that the Butterfly Walk was such a great success.

'The £3,000 raised is a hugely valuable contribution to our current fundraising drive to help fix our building and keep services for people of all ages within our community running.'

Over 100 young people regularly attend youth clubs at Meet Up and the centre also hosts practical sessions offering support with job searching and CV writing, and life skills like budgeting and cooking healthy meals. The centre also hosts a toddler group and a senior citizens' lunch club.

Mr Towndrow added: 'We really are a social lifeline as well as a professional resource for many people in our community.'

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The 2016 Butterfly Walk was made possible by main sponsor Comms Supply and sponsorship from 14 other local businesses.

To donate online to the Meet Up fundraising campaign visit its Virgin Money Giving page.

To find out more about the Benjamin Foundation visit benjaminfoundation.co.uk.

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