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Legal secretary raises money for heart charity in sponsored walk

Jemma Bourne, 28, a legal secretary in the litigation department, has helped raise more than £640 for the British Heart Foundation, after taking part in a sponsored walk around Bewl Water, Lamberhurst.

Jemma completed the 13-mile route on Sunday 1 May, in memory of her grandad, Robert Hollands, who died of a heart attack last year.

Joined by her sister and two cousins, and their friends (Stevie Hollands, Danielle Barden, Jack Carter, Robert Tong, Lisa Taylor, Kimberly Bourne, Chloe Musk and Ben Meade), the team “Brother Baldy” (named after their grandfather’s car banger racing days) of nine walkers started at 9am and took just over five hours to finish the course.

Jemma, who has worked at Gullands for seven years, said: “My grandad died suddenly and unexpectedly of a heart attack just before his 80th birthday last September, and it was a complete shock to us all.

“When my cousin, Danielle Barden, heard about the British Heart Foundation sponsored walk at Bewl Water, she thought it would be a great way to do something in memory of our grandad, while raising money for a charity that funds research into the treatment and prevention of heart disease.

“Doing the walk was tough going, particularly as I’d never done anything like this before, and the route is hilly, but the weather was sunny and everyone in the team had fun and encouraged each other on to the end.  After the walk my Nan said she was immensely proud of us all for raising so much money for charity.

“I’m really pleased I took part in the charity walk, although I was feeling very sorry for myself that evening when my legs seized up and I couldn’t walk!  I also want to thank everyone who sponsored us and helped us to raise more than £640.”