Walker captures fabulous coastal photos and boosts hospice appeal

An image from Alan Percy's fundraisin

An image from Alan Percy's fundraising walk around the Norfolk coast. A seal at Horsey (taken from 6 metres with a zoom lens). - Credit: Alan Percy

Capturing the beauty of Norfolk's coastline on camera has provided the perfect platform for a man's fund-raiser for the Priscilla Bacon Lodge.

Alan Percy, 45, from Costessey, hiked 117kms (73 miles) along the Norfolk Coast Path for the challenge in just three days. 

Alan Percy, who walked around the Norfolk coast for charity, pictured in Cromer. 

Alan Percy, who walked around the Norfolk coast for charity, pictured in Cromer. - Credit: Supplied by Alan Percy

An image from Alan Percy's fundraising walk around the Norfolk coast. Looking towards Great Yarmouth. 

An image from Alan Percy's fundraising walk around the Norfolk coast. Looking towards Great Yarmouth. - Credit: Alan Percy

Mr Percy, a retail manager at a kitchen shop in Norwich, said he wanted to combine taking time out after the festive period with helping a good cause.

He said: "After Christmas - which is months of chaos in retail - I wanted a challenge, and a couple of days walking somewhere peaceful so decided on the Norfolk coast walk, from Great Yarmouth to Hunstanton over three days.

An image from Alan Percy's fundraising walk around the Norfolk coast. Cromer Pier.

An image from Alan Percy's fundraising walk around the Norfolk coast. Cromer Pier. - Credit: Alan Percy

"I thought it would be great opportunity to raise some money for an amazing local charity and combine it with my love of photography."

Mr Percy has raised more than £300 for the hospice, already exceeding his target of £200. 

He added: “The walk was great - I was blessed with good weather on days one and three.

An image from Alan Percy's fundraising walk around the Norfolk coast. Cley next the sea.

An image from Alan Percy's fundraising walk around the Norfolk coast. Cley next the sea. - Credit: Alan Percy

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"Day two was drizzly, but for January, overall, the weather was on my side."

Mr Percy said this was his second fund-raiser for hospice. 

He said: "Back in the first lockdown, I did another, much shorter walk, to raise money for the facility after a good friend lost a close family member who was cared for by the wonderful staff there.

An image from Alan Percy's fundraising walk around the Norfolk coast. Morston.

An image from Alan Percy's fundraising walk around the Norfolk coast. Morston. - Credit: Alan Percy

"My recent walking excursion seemed like a fantastic opportunity to support them again, and I am so pleased to have raised over £300 for the staff and patients.”

Carol Plunkett, the fund-raising manager at the charitable fund behind the hospice, said: “We would like to thank Alan for embarking on this fantastic way to raise money for patients and staff at Priscilla Bacon Lodge.  

"We are always heartened to hear that a family member or friend wants to do something in recognition of the vital treatment of one of our patients. 

An image from Alan Percy's fundraising walk around the Norfolk coast. Hunstanton. 

An image from Alan Percy's fundraising walk around the Norfolk coast. - Credit: Alan Percy

“As well as raising over £300 for the Priscilla Bacon Lodge, Alan has kindly allowed us to use some of his wonderful images as framed artwork at the facility, to help brighten up the walls.”

Mr Percy posted photographic updates to his Twitter account, @TractorWalking, throughout his journey.

An image from Alan Percy's fundraising walk around the Norfolk coast. Looking out to the sunrise at Great Yarmouth. 

An image from Alan Percy's fundraising walk around the Norfolk coast. Looking out to the sunrise at Great Yarmouth. - Credit: Alan Percy

Donations to the appeal can be made at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/alan-percy4

A caring service: The hospice, past and present

Priscilla Bacon Lodge is a specialist inpatient facility for patients with complex palliative care needs, and has been based in Unthank Road, Norwich, for the past 40 years.

Lady Priscilla Bacon was president of the appeal to raise  £250,000 to build the home in the grounds of Colman Hospital in the late 1970s.

An artist's impression of the new Priscilla Bacon Hospice which will be built on the edge of Norwich.

An artist's impression of the new Priscilla Bacon Hospice which will be built on the edge of Norwich. - Credit: Priscilla Bacon Hospice

The hospice is part of the Norfolk Community Healthy and Care (NCH&C) NHS trust, and Mr Percy was fundraising on behalf of the trust's charitable fund. 

The lodge is to be replaced by a new, state-of-the-art facility on land next to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

The EDP has backed the appeal for the much-needed centre, which is nearing its target.

An image from Alan Percy's fundraising walk around the Norfolk coast. Holkham.

An image from Alan Percy's fundraising walk around the Norfolk coast. Holkham. - Credit: Alan Percy

An image from Alan Percy's fundraising walk around the Norfolk coast. Cley next the sea. 

An image from Alan Percy's fundraising walk around the Norfolk coast. Cley next the sea. - Credit: Alan Percy

An image from Alan Percy's fundraising walk around the Norfolk coast. Hunstanton. 

An image from Alan Percy's fundraising walk around the Norfolk coast. Hunstanton. - Credit: Alan Percy