UPDATE: 90-mile walkers cheered as they reach Cromer Royal British Legion home

A tired but triumphant trio of fund-raisers have completed a gruelling 90-mile walk to buy treats for residents of North Norfolk's Royal British Legion home.

Among them was Keith Broom, whose 87-year-old father Kenneth is a veteran of the Monte Cassino second world war battle in Italy.

Keith, and colleagues Alex Hodgson-Bamford and Mel Turner from the John Lewis warehouse in Norwich, tackled a three-day trek from Cambridge to the Halsey House home in Cromer.

The distance marked the 90th anniversary of the Legion this year, and is set to raise �900 to a pot of cash being gathered throughout the year by John Lewis Norwich partners who chose Halsey House as their charity of the year.

Mr Broom and wife Carole used to be tireless fund-raisers for Cromer's hospital radio station where he was chairman for 15 years but the pair, from North Walsham, now focus their efforts on the Legion home, where Mrs Broom has helped revive the annual summer fete after a four year gap during a major rebuild.

The walk with his two colleagues is starting at the John Lewis warehouse at Trumpington near Cambridge on Saturday, and was split into three legs, stopping at Thetford and Norwich.

Mr Broom, who has worked for the company for 38 years and is a warehouse assistant, said the walk was an 'experience' and saw them all battling painful legs.

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'We really hit the pain barrier on the long up between the racecourses at Newmarket. Alex had blisters and Mel bandaged up feet. We just about crawled into Alby Crafts. When we reached the final hill down into Cromer it hurt the muscles in the back of our legs too.

'But we kept going through determination - and Alex singing Nellie the Elephant everytime we hit a big hill,' said Mr Broom.

Halsey House residents cheered and waved flags to greet the walkers on Monday afternoon, before the trio headed home for a long soak in the bath.

Alex and Mel, are section manager and chef at the warehouse, and both come from Tuckswood.

Last year's John Lewis efforts raise �1,200 for a children's charity, but, with �700 already pledged for the walk alone, it is hoped to beat that figure this year.

Other events during the year are a skydive by Mel, a prize draw, collection day at Focus DIY in North Walsham and the home's revived fete on July 30.

Home matron manager Rachel Bates said the walk and other events were 'tremendous efforts' from the Brooms who were already hard-working volunteers at the 87-bed home.

Keith runs the bar and Carole does fund raising and helps on outings. The money raised by the John Lewis year would go to the amenities fund which provides 'little extras' such as coach outings, garden furniture and even pets for the residents.

To support the teams' efforts call Keith or Carole on 01692 403606 or visit Alex's website www.justgiving.com/alexhb

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