Thetford 93 prepare for gruelling bank holiday weekend
A group of friends are preparing to spend two days of the August bank holiday walking the equivalent of three-and-a-half marathons for charity.
The ‘Thetford 93’ was set up to raise money for the My WiSH Charity supporting West Suffolk Hospital and the newly-formed Thetford Town Boxing Club.
More than a dozen people are now preparing to tackle at least some of the Angles Way walk, which is 93 miles in length and encompasses a route between Thetford and Great Yarmouth.
Some of the participants are even gearing up to cover the whole gruelling distance, setting off at 4am from Thetford on Saturday and planning to arrive back at 9pm on Sunday.
Explaining the origins of the charity event, Mark Dean, one of the organisers, said: “We wanted to do something that would show Thetford in a really positive light as well as raise money for some fantastic local causes.
“I am really pleased with everyone’s support and we are looking forward to the challenge that awaits.”
The fundraising has been boosted by a £900 donation from the Shadwell Estate, who have also sponsored a support vehicle, and a quiz night held at the recently-opened Hideout Studios in Thetford.
The charity walk comes after Mark led a group of friends taking part in the Three Peaks Challenge for the hospital’s Rainbow Ward last year.
He added: “We started the event because we attended a thank you evening organised by the My WiSH Charity and we were inspired to help the hospital once again.”
To donate to the Thetford 93 or to find out more about the challenge, please visit http://www.thetford93.co.uk.