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Epic 1,400-mile walk boosts Marie Curie appeal

PUBLISHED: 14:06 30 January 2020 | UPDATED: 14:06 30 January 2020

A 1,400-mile fundraising walk raised �1000 for Marie Curie. Members of the Lowestoft fundraising group for Marie Curie receive the cheque from Marlene Grief. Picture: Mick Howes

A 1,400-mile fundraising walk raised �1000 for Marie Curie. Members of the Lowestoft fundraising group for Marie Curie receive the cheque from Marlene Grief. Picture: Mick Howes

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A keen walker from Lowestoft has covered a distance of more than 1,000 miles in an effort to raise funds for a charity close to her heart.

A 1,400-mile fundraising walk raised �1000 for Marie Curie. Members of the Lowestoft fundraising group for Marie Curie receive the cheque from Marlene Grief. Picture: Mick HowesA 1,400-mile fundraising walk raised �1000 for Marie Curie. Members of the Lowestoft fundraising group for Marie Curie receive the cheque from Marlene Grief. Picture: Mick Howes

Despite suffering from arthritis, Marlene Grief, 75, completed an epic 1,400-mile sponsored walk in nine-and-a-half months, raising £1,000 for Marie Curie. Marlene decided to support the charity as Marie Curie nurses nursed her husband Tony for the last 18 months of his life.

She said: "The Marie Curie nurses would come into twice a month to give me some respite, so I could get some sleep as I used to be up every two hours through the night with him.

"They were absolutely brilliant.

"I walked from my house in north Lowestoft to Pakefield; Corton; Oulton Broad and to Oulton Village as well as a few walks at Southwold.

"Most of my walking was along the promenade by the South Beach because it is such a nice walk.

"I started in January 2019 and finished in October.

"When I reached my target I stopped fundraising but I am still walking.

"When my husband was alive walking was our main hobby," she added.

"I went to Alderney on a walking holiday, having lived in Jersey as a child and the Friends of Alderney presented me with a cheque for £100 for the charity."

Expressing their charity's appreciation for Marlene's effort, Penny Hodges from the Marie Curie Lowestoft Fundraising Group said, "We are really grateful to Marlene for the wonderful amount that she raised.

"Our fundraising continues with Marie Curie's Great Daffodil Appeal in March and we are still looking for additional volunteers to help.

"The event runs from March 9 to March 15 and collectors are needed at both Morrison stores in North Quay and at Pakefield."

For more information contact 07766889786.

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