Coastal Challengers honoured
Fundraisers welcomed onto Carrow Road pitch
Walkers from this year’s CSF Coastal Walk Challenge were acknowledged for their efforts before the crowd at last night's game.
They were welcomed onto the pitch at half-time during the Bristol City fixture for a presentation and photo. The group, who included walkers and team leaders, were part of the 85-strong team who tackled the challenge in June.
The sixth annual walk saw the hikers walk 47-miles between Hunstanton and Cromer in 24-hours, raising over £30,000 for the Foundation.
Among the guests were the game’s Community Heroes - Ann Waller, Michael Sharman, Mark Jones, Mark Filby, Gavin Boast, Kevin Hickman and Guy Paterson - who completed the coastal walk in memory of their friend.
Michael Peek, who sadly passed away from pancreatic cancer last year aged just 48, was a City season ticket holder and attended every game before he became ill.
The group raised £5,000 towards the total and, in a poignant moment, were given the honour of bringing out the game’s match ball prior to kick-off.
As well as giving the walkers the deserved limelight for their efforts, the evening also gave them the chance to reunite with their former teammates and participants.
One of the walkers, Norwich City FC Director Thomas Smith, spoke of his admiration for the whole team’s efforts. He had particular praise for the volunteer team leaders whose support and expertise is invaluable in leading, navigating and motivating the large number of walkers through the challenge.
Emma Fletcher, CSF’s Charity Fundraising Officer, said:
“It was a pleasure to be reunited with our walkers. We wanted to make sure they were publicly recognised for the incredible amount they put themselves through in June, and the reception they got from the crowd was fantastic.
“The challenge is both mentally and physically gruelling, so the opportunity for the walkers to reflect on their achievements a couple of months down the line was great.”
The money raised from the Challenge will be used to support the charity’s work with disabled and disadvantaged individuals.
Would you like to be part of the Challenge in 2017? For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Story added: 17 Aug 2016