Family and friends join Caitlin on her 5km walk in memory of her father
Family and friends gathered to help support 12-year old Caitlin Taylor complete a 5km walk in memory of her late father.
Caitlin, from Attleborough, has raised more than £6,500 and counting for Mind, a mental health charity.
All the money will be going to Mind’s Norwich-based branch, who supported her father, Simon Taylor, with mental health issues before he took his life in March.
Caitlin has smashed her original £250 target, with 316 people supporting her through her Just Giving fundraising page.
She completed the 5km walk from her home on Saturday, joined by nearly 40 fellow walkers, consisting of close friends and family.
“I really enjoyed walking with all friends,” she said.
“I’m proud of all the money we’ve raised. It’s amazing and I hope to do something like this again in the future.”
Caitlin has also been supported by her school, Attleborough Academy.
She has received a principal’s commendation for her fundraising efforts, as well as support from fellow students through a non-uniform day.
The walk took about two hours to complete, with the party taking a break in Queen’s Square, Attleborough.
Caitlin’s mum, Emma Taylor, said: “It’s an issue which resonates with a lot of people.
“What Caitlin is doing has really got people’s attention. She takes it all in her stride and everybody has been saying how well she has done.
“It’s surprised me how well she’s done.
“When she first told me about it, I didn’t really take her too seriously. Then it took off so quickly and we realised it was something everybody wants to help with.
“I think we will be up to £7,000 once we have finished. It’s been incredible.”
Donations are still be accepted for Caitlin’s fundraising.
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For more on Mind and for information on the support available, go to www.mind.org.uk