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'Thank you for helping us get there': Siblings hitchhike 20 miles to spend final night with ill mother at N&N

PUBLISHED: 18:38 06 March 2018 | UPDATED: 19:12 06 March 2018

Jenny Hinton, left, with daughter Amy. Picture: Courtesy of the family

Jenny Hinton, left, with daughter Amy. Picture: Courtesy of the family

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A Mundesley woman and her brother were able to spend one last night with their dying mother thanks to the kindness of strangers and pure determination.

Jenny Hinton. Picture: Courtesy of the familyJenny Hinton. Picture: Courtesy of the family

A Mundesley woman and her brother were able to spend one last night with their dying mother thanks to the kindness of strangers and pure determination.

Amy Hinton, of Back Street, and her brother Will, found themselves trapped by the severe weather when the terminal cancer of their 64-year-old mother, Jenny Hinton, took a turn for the worse.

Fearing they were running out of time, they decided to walk and hitchhike more than 20 miles to the Norfolk and Norwich hospital.

Will and his sister’s six-year-old daughter signalled to passing cars, and Amy posted a plea on Facebook, which read: “Hi everyone, me and my brother are walking to Norwich to be with our mum who is very poorly in Norwich hospital.

Jenny Hinton with her son, Will. Picture: Courtesy of the familyJenny Hinton with her son, Will. Picture: Courtesy of the family

“We are travelling via Colitshall. We know the roads are blocked however if anyone is managing to get through please call to help with a lift. Thanks so much.”

They were picked up by a commuter who took them as far as North Walsham, where they were called by a couple who had seen the online post.

The couple, known only as Morgan and Kim, from Costessey, were able to meet the siblings at Scottow in their 4x4.

However, Scottow is more than four miles from North Walsham, so Amy and Will had to run and walk through treacherous conditions to get there.

Jenny Hinton, left, with daughter Amy. Picture: Courtesy of the familyJenny Hinton, left, with daughter Amy. Picture: Courtesy of the family

Amy said: “I have never known cold and wet like it.”

Morgan and Kim managed to drive the siblings to the hospital through the icy roads, and even offered them a hot drink, enabling them to join their father by their mother’s hospital bedside, before a rare cancer of the ear took her life.

Amy said: “It’s absolutely remarkable.

“There was no way we were not going to get there and it was down to the kindness of strangers that we did.”

Amy added that she wanted to let everyone who helped them know how grateful she and Will were.

She said: “Thank you to everyone who helped us get to the hospital yesterday and for all your love and kindness. We made it to mum. She passed away peacefully in the night, thank you all for helping us to get there. Lots of love Amy and Will xxxx.”

Amy described her mother as: “the most loving, generous and vibrant of people.”

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