Stately home opens grounds for Archdeacon Charge

A stunning stately home has opened its grounds to walkers and runners raising money for local churches and a life-saving charity.

Around a hundred people took part in the Archdeacon's Charge at Sennowe Park, near Guist, on Monday.

Sponsorship money will be split between the East Anglian Air Ambulance and the Diocese of Norwich and organisers hope to better the amount collected last year, when more than �11,800 raised.

Sennowe Park is one of Norfolk's finest Edwardian Country houses and the Cook family gave visitors exclusive access to its grounds, with many enjoying a picnic while they cheered the runners on.

Participants were able to walk or run from between two and ten miles, taking a different route depending on the distance they chose.

Among those tackling the ten-mile course was the Archdeacon of Lynn, the Ven John Ashe, who raised �1,785 with his team of four.

Mr Ashe experienced first-hand the lifesaving work of the air ambulance charity when his wife, Shelagh, was involved in a serious head-on collision on the A1067 near Lenwade in 2009.

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The air ambulance quickly flew a doctor to the scene before airlifting her to Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Mrs Ashe's most serious injury was a tear in her aorta and she was later transferred to a cardiothoracic unit in Essex for an eight-hour operation.

She also suffered punctured lungs, a lacerated kidney, 11 broken bones, a head wound, a hematoma on both her knees, damage to her right elbow, lacerations and friction burns to her face and spent three weeks in hospital before being allowed home.

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