Norfolk Broads go coast to coast in Scotland in memory of surfer

Left to right, Dani Holford, Jess Frere-Smith, Jo Thompson and Juli Kett-Brodie.Pictures: Juli Kett-

Left to right, Dani Holford, Jess Frere-Smith, Jo Thompson and Juli Kett-Brodie.Pictures: Juli Kett-Brodie - Credit: Archant

The daughter of a popular surfer who dedicated countless hours training others to save lives is fundraising in his memory by running, cycling and kayaking across Scotland.

Left to right, Dani Holford, Jess Frere-Smith, Jo Thompson and Juli Kett-Brodie.Pictures: Juli Kett-

Left to right, Dani Holford, Jess Frere-Smith, Jo Thompson and Juli Kett-Brodie.Pictures: Juli Kett-Brodie - Credit: Archant

Adam Frere-Smith co-founded Cromer's North Norfolk Surf Life Saving Club in 2007 and died, aged 48, in 2015.

His daughter Jessica Frere-Smith, 25, from Cromer, plus friends Juli Kett-Brodie, 51, Dani Holford, 30, and Jo Thompson, 29, are taking part in the challenge this weekend.

Their target is to raise £1,000 and they have already collected £560, thanks to 21 donors.

Jessica said: 'Once again we are fundraising in memory of our beloved papa. Adam, living life to the full, has inspired us to set ourselves challenges.

Adam Frere-Smith.

Adam Frere-Smith. - Credit: Archant


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'On September 9 and 10 we will be running, cycling and kayaking across the rugged Highlands of Scotland. Covering 105 miles of unforgiving terrain, climbing a total 10,840ft and crossing two lochs.

'We will be taking on the challenge in aid of two charities close to Adam's heart, The Matthew Project and the North Norfolk Surf Lifesaving Club (NNSLSC). Any donations are greatly appreciated by ourselves and these amazing causes.'

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About 1,000 people will join the team, who are calling themselves the Norfolk Broads. in the Rat Race Coast to Coast 2017.

The NNSLSC is a not-for-profit organisation, run by volunteers, which relies on fundraising, grants, donations and sponsorship from the public and businesses to supply its members with up-to-date training and equipment.

Mr Frere-Smith, a father-of-four, was a key figure in helping the lifesaving club grow from a handful of members to more than 100. It was one of the first clubs of its kind in the east of England.

He introduced three training categories and successfully applied for funding to convert the former toilets at the foot of the Red Lion steps into a training centre and clubhouse, a shower and storage area. He also helped secure more than £10,000 for training and lifesaving equipment.

The Matthew Project is a charity based in Norfolk and Suffolk that works with adults, young people and communities affected by drugs and alcohol.

To support the team, go to http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Coast2coast15

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