Fundraiser walks 90 miles to celebrate 90 years of the Royal British Legion

THE ROYAL British Legion's Suffolk manager embarked on the Waveney leg of her county-wide journey today to walk 90 miles to mark 90 years of the charity.

Adrienne Wakeling, who began her challenge on May 1, teamed up with a group of members from both the Beccles and Lowestoft branches of the RBL.

The 10 mile walk saw the group leave Beccles at 10am this morning and arrive in Lowestoft at around 2pm.

The 46-year-old, from Bury St Edmunds, said: 'The walks that are taking place was my personal contribution to the 90th anniversary of the RBL. It's been really lovely and we've had lots of membership support as well as members of the public join us.

'Today has gone really well and we've had lots of waves from people passing-by. It's been a very cheerful atmosphere.'


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Branch secretary of Lowestoft, Lesley Freeman, and her three-year-old grandson Archie MacIntyre, joined Mrs Wakeling on her walk.

Mrs Freeman said: 'Archie's mum is in the Royal Air Force and has just got back from a tour of duty in the Falkland Islands. Archie is 'nanny's support' for the walk he has been looking forward to doing it.'

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So far the walks have raise more than �1300.

Mrs Wakeling said: 'I didn't have a target in mind before I started so anything raised is a bonus.'

David Devereux, chairman of the Beccles RBL branch, also took part in the walk. He said: 'It's very important the work the RBL does. It's not just about looking after people when they get injured but when they get older and if they fall on hard times.'

Mrs Wakeling is walking at least nine miles in 10 different areas in the county as the Suffolk legion's branches are divided into 10 different groups. She said: 'These walks are showing that we have been active and working for 90 years helping serving and ex-serving communities and their families. We are already planning our next 90 years.'

Mrs Wakeling is now left with just 13 more miles to complete. She has two more walks remaining with the final one due to take place at the Great Poppy Run in Rendlesham Forest on October 30.

• If you would like to donate visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/AdrienneWakeling

• For more information about the RBL visit www.britishlegion.org.uk

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