James Bagge celebrates his efforts with Helen Tuttle, Norfolk Community Foundation; Charles Watt, High Sheriff of Norfolk; Anna Kasket, Walking4Norfolk; Jay Page, Carers Matter Norfolk and Claire Cullens, chief executive of Norfolk Community Foundation.

Former Norfolk High Sheriff James Bagge has marked the end of a gruelling challenge by presenting a  £62,000 cheque to help carers.

Mr Bagge, 65, raised the funds for the army of unpaid carers in the county from his 79-day, 1,500-mile hike from King’s Lynn to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

He set off from his Stradsett home in March and completed the challenge last month.

At a presentation held in Norwich on Monday, the former barrister thanked his supporters for their donations.

“The money is wonderful but it is the recognition for carers which really counts,” he said.

Mr Bagge has pledged to continue to spend time getting to know Norfolk’s carer groups and volunteers and raise awareness.

He said: “Mission accomplished, but there’s a continuing need and always more to do.”

The money raised from his  Walking4Norfolk campaign will be managed by the Norfolk Community Foundation.

Donations can still be made online at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/walking4norfolk