Walk and village fun day in Blo’ Norton raises more than £12,000 for charity

The walkers at Blo' Norton

The walkers at Blo' Norton - Credit: Archant

A family from Blo' Norton, near Diss, has raised more than £12,000 for a cancer charity through a sponsored walk and family fun day.

Carrie Barrett and her family organised the fundraiser on Saturday in memory of her uncle, Charlie Flatman, 58, who died of pancreatic cancer in December 2012, four months after his diagnosis.

The sponsored five-mile walk saw 62 female friends, family, colleagues and children follow the Fen Walk route, which starts by the family's home, and return to a family fun day held on a village field as a thank you to all those who took part.

All proceeds will be donated to the national charity the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.

Mrs Barrett said: 'We decided that the women and children would complete the walk in our own time, and the menfolk promised to have everything set up ready for our return.

'When uncle Charlie died, it was a terrible shock.

I don't think we understood just how aggressive pancreatic cancer is, and we'd barely taken in his diagnosis before we lost him. It was a terrible time for the whole family as we felt very helpless.

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'The event was about doing something positive that raises vital funds for research and puts a smile on people's faces, and let families and friends come together and have a lovely time. Charlie would have loved that.'

Mrs Barrett, her mum Ann, dad Bob, and aunt Gill Flatman all work at Gressingham Foods in Suffolk and the company has generously offered to match whatever money they raise.

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