The group first met us back in 2014 to discuss walking the Three Peaks for the Rainbow Ward. They worked tirelessly to train and organise the trip and in June 2015 they set off. Despite the challenges of the trek and the weather they completed it and raised an incredible £5341 for the Rainbow Ward.
This money has benefited the wards outside play area and helped create a safe place for our young visitors and patients to the hospital. It means the area is now safely fenced off with artifcial grass to allow it to be used in all weathers. The playhouse has been brightly painted and there is plenty of seating for the adults while the little ones play.
Earlier this year two of the team attended our thank you event. They heard some incredibly moving speeches and by the time they had returned home a plan was forming.
No doubt several meetings took place at the pub (where all the best ideas are had!) before the plan of action was decided upon. And that plan was to attempt to walk the Angles Way, a 93 mile long route that leads from Great Yarmouth to Thetford. And so Thetford 93 was born.
Now these guys aren't just about fundraising for their local hospital and this is why we think they are just so brilliant. They are so passionate about their hometown and want to bring the whole community together and "to restart the community spirit that made youth clubs from old sheds, goal posts out of jumpers and block parties from word of mouth".
In the early hours of August 27th they set off. They stopped only for food and to catch a few hours sleep under the stars arriving home some 39 hours later. The walk was definitely a challenge and we will spare you the sore feet pictures but they did it.
Talking to them after the event they now look back on what an amazing experience it was. They weren't on their mobile phones or distracted by watching a football match....they just walked and talked. They learnt things about each other they never knew and sealed a bond we know will last a life time.
Not satisfied with their walking challenge Thetford 93 held not one but two quiz nights at The Hideout in Thetford. The public support was amazing. Thanks to everyones generosity the team raised a fantastic £3324 for our Love Your Nodes Campaign to help our breast cancer patients and Andrea Pryor, clinical services manager, was thrilled to accept the donation.
What an achievement! Thetford 93, you are such an inspiration to us all and we have loved working with you.
Here's to the next adventure!