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Norfolk "daredevil" completing wheelchair garden laps for charity

Picture credits: Marie Curie

An 87-year-old woman from Norfolk is doing laps of her garden in her wheelchair, to raise money for Marie Curie.

Local resident Betty Brown has completed several fundraising events over the years in order to raise money and awareness for the charity and decided to take on her latest challenge as she didn't want to be restricted by lockdown.

Betty, who started the challenge on Monday 4 May, is aiming to raise £650 for her efforts and at the time of writing has so far raised just shy of £300.

Speaking about the donations people have sent in, she said:

“Even though this challenge is taking a lot out of me I will carry on till I run out of steam.

"Recognising the importance of exceptional palliative care, I’m doing this because of my admiration for Marie Curie Nurses, like Ann and her colleagues, and the invaluable work they continue to do in the community during this unsettling time.”

(Betty says she'll keep going until she 'runs out of steam'. Picture credits: Marie Curie)

Her own nurse, Ann Hale, cared for Betty's husband before he died and Ann and Betty have now known each other for 33 years.

Speaking about Betty’s challenge, Ann said:

“Every year Betty loves to have a challenge to look forward to.

"Whilst lockdown is restricting in a lot of ways, Betty wasn’t going to let it stop her from reaching her annual goal.

"Betty’s resilience and passion is admirable and being in a wheelchair has never stopped her from doing anything she sets her mind to.

"She is an amazing lady and I hope lots of people get behind her.”

Betty contracted polio in 1952, but is a self-confessed daredevil having flown a glider and wind tunnelled just last year.

If you would like to support Betty's fundraising efforts you can do so by clicking here.

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