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Thetford woman, 72, scales Castle Park steps 100 times in April for park run




A 72-year-old woman has scaled a set of steps 100 times in under a month to raise money for a park run.

Vasanti Patel, of St John’s Way, Thetford, was inspired by Captain Sir Tom Moore, who captured the nation’s hearts by walking lengths of his garden during the coronavirus pandemic, raising over £30 million for the NHS.

She is already highly active, having completed 86 5k park runs in Thetford in the last few years, and started climbing the stairs at Castle Park in the town back in February.

Vasanti has also completed 86 5k Thetford park runs, and is aiming for 100. Picture: Mark Westley.
Vasanti has also completed 86 5k Thetford park runs, and is aiming for 100. Picture: Mark Westley.

“In February I did 31, in March I did 74, and I thought, I am sure I can do 100 in April,” Vasanti said.

For Vasanti, who lost her husband over 40 years ago, and whose children live in Manchester and Finland, walking has given her an opportunity to get out of the house and socialise.

“I like to meet people,” she said.

Vasanti Patel has successfully scaled the steps in Castle Park, Thetford, 100 times in April. Picture: Mark Westley.
Vasanti Patel has successfully scaled the steps in Castle Park, Thetford, 100 times in April. Picture: Mark Westley.

“If I stayed indoors all day I don't see anybody.

“When I go (out) I meet so many friends.

“That's the reason I started doing the steps.”

Vasanti completed her 100th climb on Wednesday with two days to spare, and as of yesterday had smashed her £100 target by raising £237.

Vasanti said walking gives her a chance to get out of the house and socialise. Picture: Mark Westley.
Vasanti said walking gives her a chance to get out of the house and socialise. Picture: Mark Westley.

To donate, visit: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/chantal-whittred-1?

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