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Join Hilary on her fundraising hike

Cromer councillor and walking champion Hilary Cox is putting her heart into a new challenge.
Hilary’s Hike 4 Heart 275 mile challenge starts on September 30 and she is hoping friends, family and townspeople will join her .
“People can come along to walk or cycle around the county on the wonderful Norfolk Trails network raising vital funds for the British Heart Foundation,” she said.
She will be leaving Cromer Pier on Sunday, September 30, at 11am, finishing back there on Wednesday, October 10. Walks vary in length from seven to 15 miles per day or cycling from 20 to 30 miles per day.
Hilary’s inspiration for the challenge comes from “the lovely area we live in”.
“We have fantastic trails and paths surrounding us.
“I’m also inspired by a personal desire to stay as well as I can for as long as I can. I have always been an active person. I was lucky enough to have a bike as a child and walking or cycling to school was the norm. Walking doesn’t have to be expensive, you can walk at your own pace even with limitations and mentally to be outside gives you a fantastic feeling of freedom.”
She has chosen a charity close to her heart.
She said: “William, my husband, had a heart attack five years ago. He recovered, achieved by a wonderful team of experts from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, the ambulance crew and, of course, excellent research done by the British Heart Foundation which goes on to help even more people.”
Hilary has been preparing for the challenge by walking (a lot) and cycling (a bit). She added: “I try to look after my feet keeping the skin soft and the nails well trimmed. I also look after my boots.”
Any ages and abilities will be able to join Hilary. Most of the trails and paths are pushchair/wheelchair friendly.
There will be a “send off” on the Sunday morning when everyone can join in for as little as they like.
Already signed up to join her are grand-daughter Gabrielle, son Adam and Barry Foulser, who, climbed Mt Kilimanjaro with Hilary. He is joining her on the leg from Waxham to Great Yarmouth.
Members of Cromer Walkers are Welcome team are also planning to walk with her.
She is being hosted along the way by friends some nights, B&B some nights, youth hostels and Jason Borthwick at Deepdale is putting her up for a night.
“I am paying my way so all money donated will go to the charity,” she said. “Gin Wilson-North of Margins glamping and walking is helping to transport the luggage and Russell Wilson, from Norfolk Trails, is joining me along the route from Great Yarmouth to Knettishall,” she said.
Contact Hilary for more information on how you can get involved hilary.cox22@gmail.com. Donations to justgiving.com/fundraising/Hilary-Cox4

Help support Norfolk coast charity walker

Here’s a chap to look out for when you are out and about on the coast.

Alex Ellis-Roswell is walking 100 miles down the Norfolk coast to raise money for the six RNLI lifeboat stations in the area. He started walking round the 9,500-mile coast of England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Isle of Man on August 3, with the aim to raise £10 for every mile he walks. He has raised around £60,000 for RNLI lifeboats.

He said: “If you see me walking over the next few weeks please donate/ beep/ wave/ thumbs up/ tea. And if you can offer somewhere dry and warm to sleep at night, please comment or message,” he said.

You can follow Alex walking in Norfolk on his Facebook profile: www.facebook.com/alexellisroswell and donate to RNLI here www.bt.com/DonateToLifeboats.

Kieran gets a warm welcome at Cromer

Heart transplant patient Kieran Sandwell got a warm welcome in Cromer and Happisburgh as he stopped off during his 5,000-mile trek around Britain to help raise £100,000 for the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) life saving research.

Kieran, 45, from Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire, is currently walking the Norfolk Coast Path in his challenge Trail of Two Hearts to mark the end of his long battle with heart disease after having a heart transplant eight years ago.

After setting off on February 1 from the British Heart Foundation office in London, Kieran’s journey has seen him walking the coast of Norfolk, with members of the public supporting him on his journey to help him raise his target. This included a fundraising quiz organised by Ginny Wilson-North, from MargGins Walking and Glamping, at the home of Tessa and Terry Beane in Happisburgh on Saturday night when £100 was raised and being greeted by Walkers are Welcome members and the deputy mayor in Cromer yesterday.

He said: “The inspiration came to me around 25 years ago, but then I would never have been able to complete such an endurance challenge. It’s only thanks to my donor, the BHF, the Brompton and Papworth Hospital and NHS Blood & Transplant that I am able to make my dream a reality.

“My second heart has enabled me to do so much and I’m urging the public to help me support the BHF’s ground-breaking research by making a donation.”

Kieran’s battle with heart disease began when he was just three years old, when he had to have open heart surgery to correct a condition called transposition of the great arteries (TGA) where the main arteries in the heart are ‘plumbed’ back to front.

Then when Kieran was 13 he suffered a heart attack and during his early twenties he also suffered two mini strokes and began having abnormal heart rhythms. By the time he reached 35, he was in heart failure and he was put on the transplant list for a new heart.

In July 2009, Kieran received his new heart and donated his old heart for BHF-funded research into congenital heart disease which has contributed to important findings and helped others living with conditions like his.

Dawne Hart, BHF Fundraising Manager for Norfolk, said:  “We never cease to be amazed by the incredible way our fundraisers raise money for our research, but Kieran’s coastline challenge is one of the biggest we’ve ever seen. We are so incredibly grateful for his determination and dedication to supporting our work and we’ll be supporting him every step of the way.”

To support Kieran on his journey and find out how you can get involved or to sponsor him visit www.atrailoftwohearts.com

Also follow his journey and get in touch at
https://www.facebook.com/atrailoftwohearts/
https://www.atrailoftwohearts.com/Blog
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ATrailofTwoHearts