It was a particularly special day for Marcus Amps-Woodward, who, along with older brother Daniel, had signed up in memory of best friend Rebekah Barber, who received care at EACH’s hospice in Milton, Cambridgeshire. She had a rare, gene-linked brain malformation calledLissencephaly and died in July 2016, aged 10. By coincidence, this year’s event took place on Marcus’s 16th birthday – 25th June.
“Marcus, his family and friends did an amazing job and we surprised him with a birthday card and cakes at the finish,” added Hannah. “It was lovely to see them all enjoying the occasion together. Among the other groups to take part were a team from the King’s Lynn parkrun. They certainly enjoyed themselves and it was fantastic that so many people stayed together afterwards, feeling a real sense of achievement and soaking it all up.”
The walk was organised with support from event management company Gladiator Events. “They were brilliant and ensured everything ran smoothly,” said Hannah. It meant we could focus on what we needed to do. We were also very grateful to the Cromer branch of Morrisons and the charity Rapid Relief. Both donated drinks and snacks for the rest stops. Likewise Norfolk and Suffolk 4x4 Response (made up of volunteers who commit their own time and vehicles to assist the emergency services), for being on hand if we needed them.”
A planning meeting has been planned for later this month to discuss next year’s EACH events, including Pier to Pier. EACH supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions. It has three hospices, including The Nook, in Framingham Earl.