Thetford fund-raisers to cross county on ancient route

Members of the Thetford 93 group, who are planning to walk the Angles Way from Great Yarmouth to The

Members of the Thetford 93 group, who are planning to walk the Angles Way from Great Yarmouth to Thetford for charity. - Credit: Archant

Less than a year after their last physical fund-raising challenge, a group of friends are gearing up for a cross-county walk for two local causes.

The group of Thetford men, which included rapper Franko Fraize, tackled the Three Peaks Challenge in 24 hours last summer.

Now they're looking to walk along the ancient Angles Way, covering 93 miles from Great Yarmouth to Thetford, to raise money for West Suffolk Hospital and for a new boxing club in the town.

The walk is planned for the Bank Holiday weekend in August, to coincide with Thetford's Great Festival.

Mark Dean, one of those taking part, said this latest challenge is open to anyone with 22 people signed up so far.

'While the Three Peaks challenge was a challenge among friends, we want this to be really community-based,' he said.

'I'm looking to go into it quite big, a real Thetford community spirit.'

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A Just Giving page has been set up to take donations for the hospital, which may go towards a bereavement room for parents who lose young children, while a Crowdfunding page has been set up for the Thetford boxing club.

Mr Dean, who used to box as a child, said the aim for the club is to make it 'a hub for the community'.

'I would like to give something back to the community. If we can give children something like that to use, it could put them on the straight and narrow,' he said.

'The hospital is really happy about connecting with the boxing club, because they feel it is good for health and discipline.'

Mr Dean said Thetford Town Council had already shown their support for the walkers and plans to incorporate the group's homecoming into the festival's celebrations. Town councillor Terry Jermy has gone one step further and will be walking the last leg of the challenge, from Knettishall Heath to Thetford.

Franko Fraize has been involved in the organisation of the challenge and also hopes to take part.

To find out more, follow @TheThetford93 on Twitter or go to facebook.com/Thetford93.

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