Shielded woman’s 125-mile virtual walk for hospital charity

A woman who is shielding at home during the coronavirus pandemic has completed a 125-mile virtual walk with her husband to raise more than £2,500 for the Norfolk and Norwich Hospitals Charity.

Sue Gresham, from Holt, has a rare autoimmune liver condition and has to take steroids and other strong medication.

Sue said: “In any other circumstances, Simon and I would be volunteering to help others, so we wanted to do something in whatever way we could for the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and particularly for my consultant and his Liver Research team who’ve looked after me since 2011.

“We set ourselves the challenge of each walking the equivalent mileage of the journey from Holt to Oxted, Surrey for a virtual visit to Simon’s mother, by walking around the outside of our house, which we thought would be about 5,000 or more circuits.”

The couple completed their challenge this week, completing the 125 miles in 48 days, and 330,582 steps.

Sue and Simon said they intend to keep walking: “Depending on when our lockdown ends or when the trainers wear out, we might even attempt the return trip or, at least, a virtual walk from Holt to the Hospital to hand over the money.

“We’re bowled over by the very generous support we’ve received already but, all the time we’re walking, we’d love for people to keep giving because we know that so many people in Norfolk will owe so much to the N&N, either for care in the past or in times to come.”

Lynn Crombie, from N&N Hospitals Charity said: “We have been following Sue and Simon’s progress over the weeks and we are so grateful to them for supporting the charity and, in turn, the staff and patients at our hospital.

“People have been carrying out exceptional challenges during this unprecedented period and this is another example of how amazing our fundraisers are.”

Donations can be made via Sue’s Justgiving page

For more information about the N&N Hospitals Charity and how you can help, go to

Sue Gresham

Thursday 4th of June 2020 08:34:47 AM