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Couples take on coast walk challenge

PUBLISHED: 11:37 17 July 2010 | UPDATED: 14:53 02 August 2010

THREE couples inspired by a book about walking will take on a 192-mile challenge of their own next month, in aid of charity.

THREE couples inspired by a book about walking will take on a 192-mile challenge of their own next month, in aid of charity.

Alan Smith was given the book, about two mature men walking coast to coast, for his birthday from his daughter Kerry and son-in-law Chris Varley.

He found the book so inspiring, he began planning his own walk with his wife Gill, Kerry and Chris, and two close friends, Tim and Carol Suthers, also from Watton.

The three couples plan to walk the 192-mile trip from St Bees on the west coast to Robin Hood's Bay on the east coast in 13 days in August, as part of their annual holiday, to raise funds for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

They chose the charity because of its vital, life-saving work in Norfolk and the surrounding counties, and the money they raise will help keep the two helicopters flying.

More than £3 million must be raised every year to keep the air ambulance in the air and help the staff continue to provide medical equipment and assistance.

On average, the EAAA is called to four incidents a day, such as road traffic accidents, incidents involving people in inaccessible places and cardiac arrests.

To sponsor the three couples on their coast to coast walk, visit http://www.justgiving.com/coast2coastthevarleyssuthersandsmiths

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