Wymondham man walks coastal path in memory of friend

A Wymondham man will walk 47 miles along the picturesque north Norfolk coast in memory of a friend who died of pancreatic cancer.

Dan Alborough, 36, will be joined by friend Helen Eames in the marathon hike which will take him along the Norfolk Coast Path from Hunstanton to Cromer pier between Bank Holiday Monday and next Thursday.

Each step will take the pair closer to their goal of raising hundreds of pounds for Pancreatic Cancer UK in a poignant tribute to Dan's life-long friend Lucy Reynolds, who died from the disease in March aged 42.

Lucy, who grew-up in Wymondham, was due to get married to her fianc� Gary just weeks before her death.

She was well-known in the area due to the publication of her book two years ago, called My Life Changing Moment, written with the help of Dan which documented how she coped following the death of her former long-term partner, known as Tosh, who took his own life in 2005.

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Dan, of High House Avenue, Wymondham, said he has already had a 'fantastic' response to the challenge showing just how much Lucy was admired.

'She had been through lots of ups and downs including the death of her previous partner, but she had just found happiness,' he said.

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'She was a very positive person and her attitude was to get on with things. She was not the kind of person who would mope around and feel sorry for herself and her fianc� said in the whole time she was ill she never complained.'

Lucy began to suffer digestive problems in February last year but was not diagnosed with pancreatic cancer until October.

Dan said: 'Unfortunately since reading up on pancreatic cancer I've found out it has a low survival rate. People can go through tests for all kinds of different things before the cancer is picked up. So it's good to raise awareness for Pancreatic Cancer UK, try to increase the survival rates and get people tested earlier.'

Pancreatic Cancer UK is a national charity which funds research into the early diagnosis and treatment of the disease, while providing access to support and information for patients and their families.

To sponsor Dan, visit www.justgiving.com/Dan-Alborough

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