High sheriff raises £6,000 during charity trek

More than £6,000 has been raised for charity after the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire walked 70 miles with her ‘Coast to Cambridge’ trek.

Linda Fairbrother started her journey in Wisbech in July and walked through two cities and more than 25 towns and villages before arriving in Cambridge six days later.

Her fundraising total has now topped £6,000, to be shared equally between Macmillan Cancer Support and the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire Awards Scheme.

During the journey, the High Sheriff was met by many local youth groups, businesses and Macmillan volunteers who organised events to welcome her along the route.

She also took the opportunity to see new parts of the county and meet local people.

She said: “It’s been fantastic to experience parts of Cambridgeshire I have never visited before. Seeing a place on foot gives you such a different perspective when compared to simply passing through in the car.

“The wildlife we have seen along the way has been quite something; we were even lucky to spot a baby seal with its mother in Earith.

“In addition I’ve had the pleasure to meet some wonderful people; youngsters who have been recipients of High Sheriff Awards in the past, Macmillan supporters, and even ramblers who simply wanted to come along for the walk. I would like to express my sincere thanks to everyone who has made the event possible.”

However, the walk was not without its tribulations. Only six miles into the challenge the sole of one of Linda’s walking boots came loose and almost fell off.

“I couldn’t believe it!” said the High Sheriff. “After I had made a point of ensuring other walkers had suitable walking gear, here I was with boots that were falling apart on the first day!”

Luckily her fellow walkers were able to walk on and source some tape to strap them up and allow her to continue the day’s walk.

Money raised for Macmillan will be used to provide medical, practical, financial and emotional support for people affected by cancer. The Cambridge Community Foundation administers the High Sheriff’s Award scheme, which supports young people making a difference in their community.

It’s not too late to donate to the High Sheriff’s Coast to Cambridge Challenge. Visit www.justgiving.com/highsheriff or send cheques made out to High Sheriff Awards, c/o Cambridge Community Foundation, Q1 The Quorum, Cambridge CB5 8RE.