Headway Suffolk

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Bury Hub 01284 702535

Sponsored Walk through Bury St Edmunds

Headway Suffolk would like to invite clients, families, supporters and corporate teams to take part in our Sponsored Walk through historic Bury St Edmunds on Saturday, September 3.

The 3.5 mile route is accessible and open to all ages and abilities, with dogs also welcome.

The walk starts and finishes at Headway’s Bury St Edmunds hub in Olding Road, opposite Asda.

It picks up a modern and picturesque pedestrian walkway to the town, goes through the market place and down Abbeygate Street to the Abbey Gardens and St Edmundsbury Cathedral where walkers are encouraged to stop at the cafés available in the gardens and cathedral.

The route back to Headway detours along Out Risbygate and picks up the path alongside West Suffolk College, going through the peaceful college grounds and back on to Western Way.

There is no registration fee but participants should register to take part by completing the form at www.headwaysuffolk.org.uk/events or by telephoning 01284 702535.

All walkers are encouraged to gain sponsorship either online through the charity’s Virgin Money Giving page or by using the form at www.headwaysuffolk.org.uk/events.

The event follows last year’s inaugural walk when 60 people took part in the six mile route through the Fornham villages and raised almost £3,000.

The brain injury charity’s Communications and Marketing Officer David Crane said: “Last year was fantastic when our expectations were exceeded with the numbers taking part and the excellent amount raised.

“We had a good number of clients and their families take part, which was great to see, and with their feedback in mind, we looked at reducing the mileage to make it more accessible for all.

“We also wanted to give an opportunity for clients that we support throughout Suffolk and haven’t seen the historic sights of Bury St Edmunds, a chance to do so while in the company of family and friends.

“The route is also more flat and the surface better for those with mobility impairment.  With the opportunity of enjoying a rest and refreshments in the Abbey Gardens and St Edmundsbury Cathedral cafes, we hope this will bring even greater involvement from our clients, families and supporters this year.”

The event is to help raise awareness and funding for Headway Suffolk, a charity that supports 250 adults each week who have an acquired brain injury or neurological condition to rebuild their lives and regain independent living skills.