Hundreds to step out for charity walk

HUNDREDS of people from across the county will don their walking boots this weekend and take to the banks of the River Orwell.Each walker will be championing a different cause, each with his own motivation to succeed.

HUNDREDS of people from across the county will don their walking boots this weekend and take to the banks of the River Orwell.

Each walker will be championing a different cause, each with his own motivation to succeed.

Among them will be those raising cash for Suffolk charity Disability Care Enterprise (DCE) through the Evening Star Press Ball Fund.

Two of those, walking the full 25 miles for the cause, are mother and son team Sarah and Christopher Everett of Romney Road, Ipswich.


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Mrs Everett said: "I have done the Orwell Walk for the last five years for Pipers Vale School and decided to do it for the DCE this year.

"This is Christopher's first year. He is an ADHD sufferer and has an autistic brother with aspergers syndrome. He wanted to raise money to help others with worse conditions."

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And Christopher's brother, 12-year-old Robert appreciates what his brother is doing in his honour.

Mrs Everett added: "He is pleased Christopher is doing it and is supporting him.

"Christopher is hoping to complete the whole 25 miles and is quite fit but I told him he hasn't got to kill himself and we can stop."

So far Christopher has raised £75 in sponsorship mainly from Ipswich Buses where his dad works. With his mum's money the tally adds up to £107.

This money will go to the Press Ball fund and then will be donated to the DCE where it will be used to buy specialist equipment for those living with disabilities.

The Starry Potter themed ball will take place on Friday, June 25 at the County Hotel in Copdock and will include a host of further fundraising activities including an auction and raffle.

Tickets have now sold out but contributions to the fund can still be made. Cheques should be made payable to Disability Care Enterprise and sent c/o Geraldine Thompson, editor's secretary, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN.

n.Those who haven't registered for tomorrow's walk can still take part.

Walkers will set off the Gainsborough sports' centre in Maryon Road where they can register on the day.

They must take their sponsor card with the total of miles to walk and pounds to raise tallied up.

The registration fee is £2.50 for adults and £1.50 for children in advance or £4 for adults and £2 for children on the day.

Participants can walk 11, 18 or 25 miles through the Suffolk countryside.

Headquarters at Gainsborough open at 7am with the last departure for those walking 25 miles, 9am.

Those walking a shorter distance may leave as late as 10.30am.

Because of high tides, late starters will be transported to an appropriate check point – the final start time from any check point will be 2pm.

For more details visit www.orwellwalk.org.uk or contact Norman Haines on 01473 215333.

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