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Charity walkers raise £1,800 for British Red Cross in Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 07:09 11 May 2018 | UPDATED: 07:35 11 May 2018

The charity walk was organised by the East Suffolk Fundraising Group for British Red Cross. Picture: PAUL FLEET

The charity walk was organised by the East Suffolk Fundraising Group for British Red Cross. Picture: PAUL FLEET

PAUL FLEET

Fundraisers from east Suffolk embraced the sunshine and took on a six-mile walk last week to raise £1,800 for charity.

Over 50 people took part in the challenge at White House Farm in Great Glemham, organised by the East Suffolk Fundraising Group for British Red Cross.

The sponsored walk was followed by a buffet lunch of local produce and a raffle for an original piece of artwork by farm-owner Jason Gathorne-Hardy.

Sarah Leach, chairperson for the group, said: “We are really proud to have raised such a fantastic amount of money for British Red Cross.

“The group would like to sincerely thank Jason for allowing us to use his land again and for all the people that came along and donated so generously.”

Paul Fleet, senior community fundraiser for British Red Cross in Norfolk and Suffolk, said: “I would like to thank Sarah and the East Suffolk Fundraising Group for all their incredible hard work and for raising such an amazing amount of money. I would also like to thank Jason and everyone who attended.

“The money will be used locally in East Suffolk to help people in crisis in the area.”

The British Red Cross is calling on people in Suffolk and Norfolk to demonstrate the power of kindness by getting involved in their own fundraising, by doing one kind act a day, and raising vital funds for people in crisis.

Mr Fleet added: “It doesn’t matter if it’s a flood, a first aid emergency or loneliness, when crisis strikes, whatever the scale, there’s always an impact on individuals.

“It’s easy to feel helpless when a crisis hits, whether you’re personally affected or watching the crisis on TV and wondering how you could help. At the Red Cross we connect people’s kindness with people in crisis, by helping people to raise money, volunteer or campaign for issues that matter. Even small acts of kindness can be powerful, and we’d love you to get involved.

“You can download your kindness calendar from www.redcross.org.uk and fill in each day with a kind act – such as signing up to shake a fundraising bucket, holding an office cake sale, or even something as simple as making someone a cup of tea or giving them a compliment. You could also double your kindness by getting sponsored to do it. You can do this as a team, or individually, it’s up to you.

“We’re hoping to create a wave of kindness, so inspire others by sharing your kind acts on social media using #PowerOfKindness.”

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