Suffolk students to take on charity trek from Harrogate to Edinburgh for two charities

Will Daley and Armalia Thompson Picture: ONE

Will Daley and Armalia Thompson Picture: ONE - Credit: Archant

Two Suffolk youngsters are gearing up for a 200-mile charity trek in memory of their loved ones.

The group of students are trekking from Harrogate to Edinburgh Picture: ONE

The group of students are trekking from Harrogate to Edinburgh Picture: ONE - Credit: Archant

William Daley, 19, from Sudbury, has plotted the walk – from Harrogate to Edinburgh – to raise money for two charities.

William, who attends One sixth form in Ipswich, has organised the event in honour of his father, who died last year, and will be joined by a group of seven other students from the county.

Among the other students taking part is Amarlia Thompson, from Hadleigh, who is walking in memory of her grandmother after she died following a long-term battle with Alzheimer’s.

The group, who are all aged between 17-19, will attempt to complete 20-miles per day over a period of ten days and are hoping to raise a total of £5,000, which will be handed over to Prostate Cancer UK and Alzheimer’s UK at the end of the challenge.

The group of students are trekking from Harrogate to Edinburgh Picture: ONE

The group of students are trekking from Harrogate to Edinburgh Picture: ONE - Credit: Archant

William, who studies economics, geography and maths at One, said: “It’s a big challenge but we are determined to complete this. We might do another one in the future.”

Amarlia said: “I’m doing this in memory of my nan and I also want to help other families that need support.

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“It’s going to be tough but my nan will carry me through. She was always so supportive.”

James Roberts, 18, from Hintlesham, is also involved in the challenge from the base of the Yorkshire dales to the Scottish capital.

The One student said: “I’m doing this to support William and my family has been affected by Alzheimer’s.

“Also, my friends dad passed away through cancer so I wanted to do something because I’ve seen first-hand how it can affect people.

“My friends who are not involved have been very supportive and so has the sixth form.”

Abby Lord, a geography teacher from One, said the college is supporting the group all the way.

“I’m really proud of William and all of the people who have got involved in this ambitious project,” she said.

“One has already promoted their efforts to students and staff and we will be supporting them all the way.”

The walk is set to take place from July 23 to August 3.

To support the efforts of the group, people can visit uk.gofundme.com/prostatecancerwalk

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