Thwaite animal lover’s marathon effort raises £1,500 for dog rescue charity

Jade Norman, 17, of Thwaite, has helped raise more than ?1,500 for a dog rescue charity after completing a 26-mile dog walk over two days. Submitted photo. ANL-160606-153431001

Jade Norman, 17, of Thwaite, has helped raise more than ?1,500 for a dog rescue charity after completing a 26-mile dog walk over two days. Submitted photo. ANL-160606-153431001

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A Thwaite animal lover’s marathon effort has helped raise more than £1,500 for a dog rescue charity.

Jade Norman, 17, who is autistic and has learning difficulties, will walked from Debenham to Orford Quay on Friday and Saturday, tackling the 26-mile course via public footpaths with her Labradors Murphy, 12, Havilland, 6, Jared, 5, and Mauno, 2.

Jade Norman, 17, of Thwaite, has helped raise more than �1,500 for a dog rescue charity after completing a 26-mile dog walk over two days. Submitted photo. ANL-160606-153442001

Jade Norman, 17, of Thwaite, has helped raise more than �1,500 for a dog rescue charity after completing a 26-mile dog walk over two days. Submitted photo. ANL-160606-153442001

And she has surpassed her fundraising target of £1,000 — donations, sales of raffle tickets, and doggy bandana sales means £1,525 is set to be donated to Team Edward, the fundraising arm of East Midlands Labrador Rescue.

Jade departed a “cold and damp” Debenham at 9am on Friday, setting a good pace, and, after passing Saxtead Mill, Framlingham Castle and Parham, she was surprised by one of her former Debenham High School teachers in Hacheston for some refreshments.

She made it to Wickham Market just after 7pm, where she camped overnight.

Setting off the next day at 9.30am, she arrived at Orford Quay not long after 3pm with Wendy Hopewell, founder of Team Edward, where she was met by friends and family who had got behind her marathon challenge.

Jade Norman,  with Mauno (2), Murphy (11), Havilland (6) and Jared (5) ANL-160525-192306009

Jade Norman, with Mauno (2), Murphy (11), Havilland (6) and Jared (5) ANL-160525-192306009

And there’s still time to sponsor Jade’s cause — visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/Jade_Norman