On the 11th September, the High Sheriff’s Sponsored Walk took place, with funds raised going to Suffolk Community Foundation to distribute to local charities and community groups.
The group of walkers – which varied from those with thousands of miles under their boots to relative novices – set off at 9am from St Edmundsbury Cathedral. They included a bishop, a dean, a rector, a senior judge, a court usher, land agents, deputy lieutenants, Local Enterprise representatives, farmers, charity directors, bloodstock directors, financiers, several ex-military members, a lawyer, senior representation from the NHS, an under sheriff and the walk mascot Labrador Stanley (and his tennis ball, which also completed the walk!).
The decision to have two back up cars (driven by Cindy de la Rue and Suffolk Community Foundation’s Tim Holder) meant that the walkers were supplied throughout the day with all kinds of nibbles and pick me ups, as well as having their picnics and other kit carried for them.
They stopped at Brockley Village Hall in good spirits for lunch and then moved on to the challenge of the afternoon, experiencing rolling Suffolk hills, enormous views and blue skies – along with an unscheduled trip through woods full of young pheasants!
After 8 hours of walking, the group made their descent into Clare, where they were greeted with tea and delicious cakes kindly supplied by the Reverend Mark and the ladies of Clare Church.
It was then back to Bury, courtesy of Go Start Community Transport, a transport charity based in Sudbury that does an outstanding job looking after the rural community’s travel needs.
10 hours and 20 miles later, the band of walkers returned to their cars in high spirits. Thanks to your generosity, the walk has raised over £15,000.
There is still time to donate to the fund and raise money for Suffolk charities and community groups. Click the button below to make a donation.