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Small steps taken to raise large funds

05 June 2015

WHEN the Campbell children started plotting for ways to raise money for the charities linked to their beloved grandparents, they aimed high. Scaling Mount Everest or swimming the English Channel made the shortlist before they finally settled on a sponsored walk from Bristol Cathedral to Gloucester Cathedral, via Bath Abbey.

While involving slightly less travel, the challenge remained a steep one: to cover 72 miles, Amelia (ten), Archie (nine) and Aggie (seven) will each have taken about 230,000 steps, twice the height of Ben Nevis.

The walk took place between 22 and 27 May and involved climbing to the top of the tower at Bath Abbey. They arrived at Gloucester Cathedral at at 4.30 p.m. on the last day as the bells chimed. To date, the three have raised £14,500 for Cancer Research and the British Heart Foundation.

The idea was conceived 18 months ago after their grandfather, George Hayter, had a serious heart attack. A few months later, his wife, Annabel, their grandmother, was diagnosed with a terminal form of breast cancer. Mr Hayter died after suffering another heart attack last month.

"This is a huge challenge, bearing in mind their ages (and length of legs)," their father, Mark Campbell, said, shortly before setting out with his children.



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