A marathon toddle for their friends

Just Regional
May 1, 2020 3 mins read

A group of little ones and their families were missing their weekly visits to the elderly residents of a care home, so they decided to toddle a “marathon” to let them know they were thinking of them.

The “little visitors” go to Halsey House, in Cromer, each Friday, and with the lockdown in full force they were missing their friends.

Jo Betts, who visits with her daughter, Penny, said: “As we can’t visit during lockdown, myself and nine families took on a 2.6 challenge to walk 26 miles between us to raise money for Friend in Deed, and to remind our older friends that we miss them and care about them.”

They hoped to raise £100 from their efforts, but in the end, they smashed their challenge, completing 34 miles and raising more than £1000 for Friend in Deed – a Norfolk-based charity that encourages friendship across generations, fighting loneliness and promoting kindness.  

Eleven little visitors took part, aged from 10 weeks to four years old and although they all walked separately, they shared photos as they went along their routes.

Some of the photos shared by the little visitors during their walks.

“We all miss seeing each other and I suggested we did this as a group. We were sending each other pictures of how we were getting on and it felt like we were all together even though we were apart,” said Jo.

The families walked from their homes and posted photos and updates on the Just Giving page.

Willow was carried around her route at Mundesley by her dad; Albie, who has a baby brother, Ernie,  walked all the way round, making his parents very proud; one-year-old Rory particularly enjoyed the ducks on his walk from Cromer to East Runton; and Penny slept in her pushchair for most of her walk…

Luke and Thomas celebrated their dad’s birthday at the end of their walk; Alexei walked and biked during his stretch around Aylmerton; and Lilia skipped, ran and walked most of her walk in West Runton, with a short stretch for a rest in her buggy.

Jean went round the woods around Aylmerton with her mum; and five-month-old Freddie, who misses cuddles with his friends at Halsey House and Danbury Lodge, stayed awake throughout his walk along the coast, despite it being his nap time.

The photos were also sent to the residents of Halsey House so they could see how their little pals missed them.

Sharon Hipper, Halsey House manager, said: “We, we miss our little friends sooo much! What a fantastic effort from them all. Jo keeps in regular contact with me we each pass messages backwards and forwards to our residents and members. Take care all of you, we love and miss you lots.”

To see more photos and more reports of their walks – and to make a donation – you can click here.

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