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Epic egg and spoon walks and out-of-this-world science experiments have helped a father and daughter from Attleborough to raise more than £800 for charity.

Ben Walker, 39, and six-year-old Olivia took on 26 challenges in 26 days to raise money for Star Throwers, a cancer support charity in Wymondham.

Mr Walker said: “We saw the 2.6 challenge, created due to the London Marathon being cancelled, and we wanted to do something along those lines.

Six-year-old Olivia Walker and her dad, Ben, who took on the 26 challenges to raise money for the Star Throwers cancer charity. Picture: Mark Bullimore.
Six-year-old Olivia Walker and her dad, Ben, who took on the 26 challenges to raise money for the Star Throwers cancer charity. Picture: Mark Bullimore.

“My wife, Katherine, is a community fundraiser for Star Throwers, so we decided to raise money for it.”

The pair started on April 26 – the scheduled date of the marathon – and set themselves a modest target of £50.

Mr Walker, a community fundraiser in Norfolk and Suffolk for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, said: “We thought that would be a good target, but, as we put the challenges on Facebook, it just seemed to snowball.”

Olivia Walker with her family's certificate for completing all of the challenges. Picture: Mark Bullimore.
Olivia Walker with her family's certificate for completing all of the challenges. Picture: Mark Bullimore.

Over the course of the 26 days, the pair set themselves a variety of challenges, including a 2.6km egg and spoon walk, to recreate the 26 letters of the alphabet with their bodies, 26 science experiments such as levitating a beach ball and launching a rocket, and Olivia’s hardest challenge ... 26 hours without YouTube.

Mr Walker said he was particularly proud of Olivia, and had begun compiling a scrapbook for the youngster so that she can look back on it in the future.

He said: “I just want to say a massive thank you to everybody who donated; we never expected to reach £800. It has been great.”

Sandra Betts, chairman of the trustees at the charity, said she and her fellow board members had been bowled over by the pair’s efforts, having watched all the challenges online.

She said: “The amount of money raised by Olivia and her family is magnificent and we are incredibly appreciative and thankful for all their efforts, commitment and hard work.

“I am sure my scientific knowledge has improved as a result and Olivia’s 26 jokes helped to keep me smiling through lockdown.

“Each penny raised will be carefully used for the benefit of all cancer patients and their loved ones who approach us for help in understanding their diagnosis and to give them support at a time when anxieties multiply.

“We are very grateful to everyone who continues to support us, particularly at this difficult time.”

If you still wish to donate to Ben and Olivia, you can do so by clicking here.



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