Charity walker James Bagge has laced up his hiking boots again to help net more than £17,000 for young carers.
Mr Bagge, of Stradsett, and 10 teams of family and friends, at home and abroad, used their lockdown exercise to help the unpaid young heroes during the pandemic.
Raising money for Norfolk Community Foundation’s Walking4Norfolk Fund, the teams were challenged to compete the equivalent distance of 938 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats.
They walked, ran and cycled and added their mileage to a combined team total, with Mr Bagge keeping track of their progress on a map.
The most senior team member was aged in his 70s and the youngest was aged one and pushed in a buggy, while a six year-old completed 1.5 miles running around the house.
The teams were based in Norfolk, Lincolnshire, Dorset, Austria and Zimbabwe. At the end of three weeks, the combined total of the eight walking and running teams and two cycling teams was 9,250 miles.
Not only did they exceed their mileage, they smashed their £10,000 target, raising £14,627 to date, to be topped up to £17,126 with Gift Aid – all in time for Carers Week this week.
Team members also fundraised for their own chosen causes including the Samaritans, Cure Parkinson’s Trust and Zimbabwean charities Imire Rhino & Wildlife Conservation and Zimbabwe A National Emergency.
Former Norfolk High Sheriff Mr Bagge raised £70,000 for young carers in 2018 when he walked 1,500 miles from Stradsett to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Last year, he walked from Norwich Cathedral to Walsingham for the cause.
Speaking about the extra difficulties faced by young carers during the current crisis, Mr Bagge said: “Just imagine for one moment what it will be like for those young carers who may not be able to go back to school with their friends because they are living with and screening particularly vulnerable members of their family.
“Or for those young carers who now find themselves considerably behind their peers in terms of their education.”
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