Walk goes on despite the death of pet

A PET owner has raised cash for two charities after walking the whole length of the Suffolk coast in memory of his beloved dog.

A PET owner has raised cash for two charities after walking the whole length of the Suffolk coast in memory of his beloved dog.

Eric Reeve set off from Landguard Point at Felixstowe to walk to Ness Point at Lowestoft - completing the 50 miles in four days.

He had been planning to do the walk with his springer spaniel Scapa but the six-year-old died suddenly.

Mr Reeve, 50, who lives with his wife Marje in Tunstall, said: “We found him dead in his basket one morning - he had been as fit as a fiddle and the night before had been fine.

“We were blaming ourselves, thinking there was something we should have spotted, something we missed, but the vet said it was a brain tumour and we would never have had any indication.”

Mr Reeve, who works for the Five Winds butchers at Melton, decided after a lot of thought that he should do the walk anyway in memory of Scapa.

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“I keep myself reasonably fit. It was a very enjoyable walk and I was lucky with the weather,” he said.

“You can walk straight along the coast a lot of the way but there are a few detours inland where there are no river crossings or the land is flooded and you have to follow the river until you can get across.”

He was sponsored by friends, family and work colleagues and raised more than �100 for a springer spaniel charity and the Suffolk Animal Rescue Centre.

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