Norwich woman raises over �2,000 for Fibromyalgia Association UK, with a little help from her friends

An epic journey along the north Norfolk coast has left a hardy group of fundraisers battered, bruised and blistered - but it has all proved worth it.

A fundraising target of �2,000 has been smashed by family and friends of Rebecca Wass in aid of Fibromyalgia Association UK, a condition the 31-year-old was diagnosed with 16 years ago.

Rebecca decided to tackle a walk of more than 100 miles despite her chronic condition of widespread pain and profound fatigue, over the course of the five-day April Bank Holiday weekend.

Rebecca, who lives on Gertrude Road in north Norwich, said she was delighted with how the challenge had gone but that the hard miles had taken a toll.

She said: 'I have to say it was one of the hardest and most painful things I have ever done.

'We ended up walking approximately 25 miles on the first day, followed by a 28-mile walk on the second day, then 26 miles on the third.

'When we reached East Runton on the Saturday we had covered 79 miles in three days so the majority of the group were pretty much dead.

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'We spent two days walking for 11 hours to complete the (100) miles.'

Rebecca, a creative arts tutor for Broadland Training Services, found the going tough due to her condition.

Fibromyalgia is more common than rheumatoid arthritis and can cause aching or burning pain from head to toe for its sufferers, as well as a fatigue similar to the exhaustion of a flu-like illness.

So a much-needed rest day was taken in Cromer on the Sunday and Rebecca had to sleep at home for two of the four nights, to ensure she could complete the challenge.

There were some special memories created for Rebecca though, as she continued: 'Overall it was a brilliant weekend and we met some lovely, generous people along the way.

'A Greek Restaurant, The Constantia, in East Runton helped us by letting the team do a speech about the walk and they raised over �100 that night from the generous customers.'

The group finished with a party at the Ship Inn in Mundesley on the Monday, organised by Jo Berry from the Paston Society, who also lent the group collecting tins.

Rebecca added: 'I could never have done it without any of them, especially my mum who was willing to walk the whole distance for me even though she was also in agony.

'She was a true inspiration to me and kept me going even when I wanted to sit down in Sheringham on the road because I hurt so much.'

To donate to Rebecca's fund, go to www.justgiving.com/teams/fibroandmyAnglias

Are you organising a charity challenge? Contact reporter David Freezer on 01603 772418 or david.freezer@archant.co.uk

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