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Former students to take on 34-mile walk to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease Association following death of teacher

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Last weekend, a group of former-college students walked 34 miles to raise money for charity following the death of their teacher earlier this year.

On Saturday, 10 ex-Wymondham College students walked from Weybourne, in north Norfolk, to their former college in memory of their head of house and PE teacher, Claire Walton – who died in April after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

The walk took more than 12 hours, accumulated more than £5,300 – well above the intended target of £2,000 – for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MDNA).

The group of students ahead of their walk this weekend. Credit: Antonia Munday.
The group of students ahead of their walk this weekend. Credit: Antonia Munday.

Antonia Munday, from Tibenham, Emily George, from Pulham Market, and Trixie Duffin, from Old Buckenham, were all part of the walking party – all three of whom played netball at the college with Ms Walton serving as their coach.

Ms Walton was a beloved member of the PE department and head of Lincoln Hall. She had joined the college in 1999 before retiring in 2015.

Headteacher Dan Browning paid tribute to his former colleague.

“During her long career at the college, Claire touched many lives and will be much missed by all who knew her,” he said.

Liberty Burton, who co-ordinated the walk, said: “Following her diagnosis, we discussed with Claire about undertaking a challenge in her honour for a charity of her choice.

“Claire chose the MND Association, which supported her after her diagnosis.

“She was delighted to hear of our intentions and, following her sad death, we are proud to be able to complete the challenge with her blessing and in her honour.

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