Stowmarket: History group to take part in 23-mile charity walk

11:45 am October 15, 2022

A Stowmarket-based living history group sets off on a 23-mile walk to raise money for the Poppy Appeal.

Paul Cook, Lee Shave and Jonathan Calver of the Lazy Company living history group will visit 11 war memorials along the route, placing a wooden poppy cross at each location.

Lee said they wanted to honor veterans while raising funds and awareness for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

2021 Poppy Appeal Memorial Service at Stowmarket.
– Credit: Lazy Company Living History Group

The group will take on the challenge on Remembrance Sunday (Sunday November 13), starting at 3.30am at the gates of the Stowmarket Memorial, before returning to the gates before the 11am Remembrance Service.

Lee said: “We thought we were challenging ourselves, taking a walk.

“We’ve been doing this since 2015, so we’ve been privileged during that time where we’ve met randomly and at organized reunions with veterans and you hear stories and you think guys deserve recognition and support.

“It’s something we think we need to remember – we need to honor these people, the servicemen who fought and were injured, ultimately the guys who made this sacrifice for us.”

Member of the living history group Lazy Company in a re-enactment.

The group is looking to raise money for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.
– Credit: Steve Wood

Members of the living history group Lazy Company during a re-enactment.

Members of the living history group Lazy Company during a re-enactment.
– Credit: April Urquhart

The group undertook a similar walk last year – raising just over £1,400 – but added an extra two miles to this year’s challenge.

“It’s a challenge. We’ve done it once, so we know our abilities, that’s why we made it harder this year.

“Times were tight last year, so adding two miles at the end is still about 45 minutes if we keep pushing hard.

“We’re excited about it, it’s good to do. It is very rewarding. You honor people, you help them.

“We appreciate that this year things are more difficult, but every pound to these guys makes a difference.

“Talking to veterans, they are extremely grateful for what they receive and every pound we get will help someone.

“Any support we can get, no matter how small, is massively appreciated.”

A link to the band’s JustGiving page can be found here.