James Bagge, front, and West Norfolk Mayor Geoff Hipperson.

A Love West Norfolk ambassador has been surprised with a Love West Norfolk Heroes award of his own.

James Bagge was nominated for raising thousands of pounds for young carers during lockdown. 

His nomination read: “James and his team of fantastic fundraisers have raised money for young carers across Norfolk. West Norfolk young carers can access these funds to make a big difference to our young carers’ lives, truly amazing.”

Mr Bagge organised and led a virtual walking challenge in May which saw teams cover 938 miles – the equivalent of Land’s End to John O’Groats.

“I was surprised, delighted and humbled that I should have been nominated for and included in the August band of heroes,” Mr Bagge said.

“I am very pleased too to be able publicly to acknowledge the contribution made by all those who were prepared buy in to my idea of a virtual team race from Land’s End to John O’Groats. 

“They did the walk and contributed hugely to raising approaching £25,000 for the Young Carers in Norfolk and another £20,000 for three other charities.”

West Norfolk Mayor Geoff Hipperson, who surprised Mr Bagge with the honour, said: “It was great to be able to recognise James, who has been such a huge champion for all our Love West Norfolk heroes, with this award.

“His fundraising efforts during lockdown were incredible and he has really made a difference to so many with the money he has raised. He is a well deserving Love West Norfolk hero.”

Mr Bagge raised around £60,000 for carers in 2018, walking from West Norfolk to Santiago de Compostela in Spain at the end of his tenure as High Sherriff of Norfolk.

Love West Norfolk and the borough council will be announcing more Love West Norfolk heroes in the coming weeks. 

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