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The president of Diss Rotary Club is set to take on one more charity challenge before stepping down from the role next month.

Phil Catchpole, of Walcot Green, is set to hand over the club chains on July 7 – but not before he attempts to walk 72 miles non-stop for 26 hours along Boudicca Way, a long-distance footpath linking Diss and Norwich.

The challenge was originally planned for May 23, but had to be postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Phil Catchpole will be joined by war veteran Duncan Slater for next month’s fundraiser. Picture: Mark Bullimore.
Phil Catchpole will be joined by war veteran Duncan Slater for next month’s fundraiser. Picture: Mark Bullimore.

Mr Catchpole now intends to start from Diss Market Place on July 4 at 8am.

He said: “It’s a great challenge and for two very worthy causes. There is a distance to suit most – seven miles to the Old Ram in Tivetshall St Mary, nine miles to Pulham Market, 20 miles to The Countryman in Tasburgh and the full 36 miles to Norwich. The pubs may well be open by then for a well-earned drink along the way.”

The president will be raising money for the Boudicca Breast Cancer Appeal to provide a dedicated breast unit at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, and the Univserity of East Anglia to help fund continued research into a test to identify aggressive prostate cancers.

Double amputee and Help For Heroes ambassador Duncan Slater, from Scole, has already committed to walking with Mr Catchpole, with other people invited to join the pair for as far as long as they feel able.

Mr Catchpole said: “I like both these charities because early diagnosis leads to better outcomes. Most of us have been touched by these illnesses one way or another.

“For those who have not walked the Boudicca Way before, they are in for a pleasant surprise – it’s dog-friendly, well-signed walking on flat footpaths and quiet roads.

“I expect to see people walking in twos at a distance, but also families and people who live together.”

For more information on how to take part or to donate, click here.



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