Paula to step out on charity walk in memory of her dad

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For many, a gentle stroll on a bank holiday is the perfect way to end a long weekend, but an Acton woman is preparing to take walking to the extreme.

Paula Beavan, who lives in Cedar Walk, will be walking 17 miles from Sudbury to Bury St Edmunds on Monday.

The 37-year-old has organised the event in memory of her father, Colin Banbridge, who died after suffering a heart attack last March, and will raise money for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London.

“My dad suffered a massive heart attack last year and it was completely unexpected,” said Mrs Beavan.

“It came as such a shock to us all and he was only 62-years-old.”

Mr Banbridge, who lived in Raleigh Close, Sudbury – where the walk will begin at 9am – spent much of his childhood at the children’s hospital being treated for heart problems. It was stories of the specialist care he received that prompted Mrs Beavan to do something to help the charity.

“It was thanks to them that me and my brother were lucky enough to have our dad around for as long as we did,” she said.

“I am looking to fundraise as much as I can and raise money for this amazing charity in memory of a much-loved man.”

A group of 11 people, consisting of family and friends, will walk for most of the day.

“We will have a few stops on the way and, as a couple of youngsters are coming too, there is some transport if they need it,” added Mrs Beavan.

A fundraising page has been set up for the event and, although a figure of £1,000 was initially targeted, donations are already in excess of £900, and Mrs Beavan is hoping for more.

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