Singer to walk coastal paths for charity
- Credit: Matt Watson
A singer/songwriter from Norwich will take on the challenge of walking the Norfolk and Suffolk coastal paths, in a bid to raise money for three charities.
Matt Watson will be raising money for the RNLI, Nelson's Journey and A Change of Scene for Animals and Children.
And he will be combining his passion for walking with his love of the East Anglian coastline and his music, by playing a series of gigs along the route, which stretches more than 100 miles.
The walk will kick of on May 21, at the Angel in Woodbridge before battling the 135 miles route and finishing on June 3 in Hunstanton.
Along the way he will stop at locations including Wells and Burnham Deepdale, and be promoting his new crowdfunded album The Endless Shipwreck.
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On why he chose the three charities he did, Mr Watson said: 'We all know the RNLI and the incredible work they do not only protecting the vast amount of coastal traffic and going out whatever conditions to save lives but also protecting us while we enjoy the beach and its waters across the country.
'I'm a keen bodyboarder and the RNLI guards are who I'll be relying on should I come into difficulty while surfing.
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'I'll be walking past several lifeboat stations as I trek along the coastline it just made perfect sense they should be an organisation I wanted to support.'
Mr Watson said he was supporting Nelson's Journey, which supports children through bereavement, after a family member used their services.
'They were amazing in how they helped deal with something we as adults find hard enough to deal with,' he said.
A Change of Scene for Animals and Children take in rescued animals and, where appropriate, teach children how to care for them.
Mr Watson said: 'I met Pauline, who tirelessly runs Change of Scene, last year at a small North Norfolk Festival which she puts on to help raise funds. Seeing what she does and how passionate she clearly is about her charity, the kids and the animals, I wanted to make a contribution.'
To follow Matt's journey, or to donate towards his £1,000 target, visit www.justgiving.com/teams/theendlesscoastlinetour2017