Husband's long walk for wife begins

A HUSBAND was due to embark on a charity walk today to raise money for the medics who saved his wife's life.

A HUSBAND was due to embark on a charity walk today to raise money for the medics who saved his wife's life.

Rob Holmes was set to start the 60-mile route from Cambridge to Ipswich with his family and friends today in a bid to raise cash for the East Anglian Air Ambulance and Addenbrooke's Hospital.

Both organisations worked hard to save mother-of-one Lisa Holmes after she fell under a bus in Tacket Street, Ipswich, in February, and suffered horrific head injuries.

Hundreds of pounds has already been raised for the charities but Mr Holmes still hopes more people will donate money as he takes part in the challenge along with his brothers Chris and Andy, nephews Joshua Midson-Holmes, Charlie Holmes and Jack Holmes, and his friends Steve Smith, Sarah Smith, Kara Redman and Julian Bunting.

Thanks to generous donations, the family have already managed to raise £1,130 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance and £640 for Addenbrooke's Hospital.

Mr Holmes, 36, of Whitethorn Road, Purdis Farm, said: “I am looking forward to it. We have done a few ten-mile walks so hopefully it will all be ok. I am really pleased with how the fundraising has been going. We would love to get the £1,000 for Addenbooke's Hospital.

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“We plan to stop and camp overnight and arrive back in Ipswich on Monday. We are going to be meeting at Christchurch Park and having a birthday party celebration for our daughter, Ciara. She will be 18 months old but we never got to celebrate her first birthday because of the accident.”

The journey has been dubbed the Long Walk Home, as it is a symbol of the trip Rob's wife Lisa made from Addenbrooke's Hospital back home after being treated for her injuries.

Mrs Holmes, 39, spent 99 days in hospital but returned home in May and is continuing to make good progress.

The trek will go via the scenic route, from Wickhambrook, Lavenham and through to Somersham before arriving at their destination in Christchurch Park on Monday afternoon.

n. To donate money to East Anglian Air Ambulance visit www.justgiving.com/longwalkhome or to donate to Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust, visit www.justgiving.com/longwalkhome2.

Are you taking part in a charity event? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk