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King’s Lynn Samaritans is hoping people will rise to a marathon challenge to raise vital funds for the charity.

Supporters can run, jog, walk, cycle, swim, paddle or find any other way of covering a marathon distance of 26.2 miles  in their own time throughout this month.

The national Samarathon  aims to raise funds and awareness of the organisation, which, like other charities, has faced its own challenges during the pandemic.

Throughout the pandemic, volunteers have manned phones, answered emails and provided help 24-hours-a-day, all year round.

Now the hope is to soon be able to re-open doors for a return to face-to-face support at Lynn’s Queen Street branch, which has been helping local people for more than 50 years.

A group from Lynn Samaritans, led by trustee Richard James and director Rachel Goldsmith, will be taking on the challenge.

They plan to cover the whole distance next Sunday, July 11 walking from Little Dunham along Peddars Way to Ringstead and Hunstanton.

Some refreshments will be served along the way and people are welcome to join for them for either all or some of distance. 

There will be start times for a short, medium and long version of the walk and anyone interested is asked to email KLSAMSPR@gmail.com for further details.

Mrs Goldsmith said: “This is a challenge you can do on your own, with members of your household or join with friends, family and work mates supporting each other’s progress wherever you are. 

“Now more than ever, we know getting active works wonders for your mental wellbeing. 

“Samarathon is a great goal to motivate people to go at that their own pace.  

“Whatever your age or ability, it’s a challenge to do in your time, at your pace, wherever you live or work. This fitness fundraising initiative is focused on feeling good. 

“We hope supporters will encourage their friends and family of all ages to take part as it’s an achievable challenge they can share and enjoy.”

You can share the Lynn Samarathon donation page link so your supporters can donate at http://virginmoneygiving.com/fund/klsams/Samarathon

Samaritans are always ready to listen. 

If you are going through a tough time, call day or night on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org

If you would like to join the team of local volunteers, call Mrs Goldsmith on 07341 304625.

See the website www.samaritans.org/branches/kings-lynn/ or follow the branch on Twitter @KLSams for more details.