Thorpe woman walks 100km in 29 hours to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital

Just under �1,000 has been raised by a Thorpe St Andrew woman who conquered an 100km walking challenge.

Jacquie Craske, 53, took on the London to Brighton walk to raise funds for London's famous Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital.

Jacquie walked from Richmond Park in London to Brighton Race Course, setting off at 6.45am and finishing 29 hours later, at 11.40am.

The business administrator for Norwich Windows and Conservatories raised �4,000 for Norwich's Priscilla Bacon Lodge last year by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, but Jaquie says she found the walk even more challenging than the Kilimanjaro climb.

Jacquie said: 'The walk was truly hard going. I never thought it would be quite so tough. The first 50km was not too bad but after climbing steep hills and trudging through boggy woods and fields, I was pushed to my limits.'

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She said the atmosphere of the event kept her going but each rest stop, roughly 12km apart, was a welcome sight, continuing: 'Several times I hit a low and thought I wouldn't make it but the support and the friends I went with truly got me to the end.

'My feet are still recovering after several blisters. My body is still in protest but it was all worth it when we reached the finishing line to the cheers and hugs that met us.

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'Thank you so much to everyone who has so far sponsored me.'

So far Jacquie has raised just under �1,000 and hopes to raise more at a charity night at The Talk, in Oak Street, on Friday, July 6.

The night will include cabaret from United School of Dance, an 80s disco and a raffle. Entry is �6 for adults and �2 for children and are available from The Talk.

To boost Jacquie's fundraising, go to www.justgiving/jacquie-craske, or to contribute raffle prizes to the charity night, email

Are you taking on a charity challenge? Contact Local Life editor David Freezer on 01603 772418 or

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