Woman celebrates birthday by fundraising

Karen, Paul and friends on day three
Karen, Paul and friends on day three
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A WOMAN who went on a charity walk instead of having a 50th birthday party raised £600 for disabled children.

Karen Braisby of Goring Way, Worthing, swapped her party hat for a pair of walking boots when she, her husband Paul and four of their friends walked the South Downs way from Buriton in Hampshire to Beachy Head.

The group tackled the 81-mile trek over the course of three weekends, raising £700 in sponsorship.

Paul’s employer, Lloyds TSB, donated another £500, bringing the total to £1,200.

The couple split the money evenly between the Camelia Botnar Children’s Centre and the Altzheimer’s Society.

The Camelia Botnar Centre is a charity for children with physical and learning difficulties based in Wellesley Avenue, Goring.

Karen said: “To make the day memorable I decided I would like to complete a challenge and raise some money at the same time.

“It was very difficult at times. We had everything from getting burned one day, to horizontal rain another day, to finishing the walk on the last day in thick sea mist.”

Karen said she was proud to have completed the course.

The couple’s four-year-old granddaughter Eleanor attends the Camelia Botnar Centre to help her with learning difficulties.

Karen said: “The staff there are fantastic. It’s not just the support they give the children it’s the support they give the families as well.”