Norfolk pupil’s 100-mile trek boosts hub
Ten year-old school girl, Lydia Hawker, has raised £1500 towards the community project for her family’s Wymondham church after walking a mammoth 100 miles along Hadrian’s Wall - Sandie Shirley reports.
The epic sponsored eight-day trek that included driving rain and steep hills did not deter the plucky youngster, a competitive gymnast at Norfolk Academy.
“I knew I could do it. I did not have a single blister or feel tired afterwards,” said Lydia having completed a brief training in the Peak District.
With the help of 45 sponsors her efforts, accrued in January, brought a further cash booster to Hope Community Church’s flourishing community hub at Ayton Road, Wymondham. Hub Community Project is enriching the community after church members have dug deep to provide £200,000 for the building which they share.
Lydia was accompanied by her mother, Selina, and grandmother during the school holidays last year. The three generations of walkers averaged 12 miles a day across industrial and scenic landscapes in the north of England. They finished the final stretch after a gruelling 16 miles.
“I never imagined Lydia would finish it when we walked through two days of endless rain at the beginning. One day I needed four changes of rain jacket to keep dry and Lydia’s socks were soaking,” said Selina who helped plan the route with daily provisions and a residential base.
Hope Community Church and Hub Community Project moved from Fairland Street to their new premises last May. Activities have grown in line with the town’s expansion, providing much needed community facilities and activities to enrich the community.
“This dream has been made possible by the commitment and sacrificial giving of church members who provided £200,000 for the building alterations,” says church leader, Grantley Watkins.
Lydia is pictured at the end of the walk with her sister, mother and grandmother.