"I’ve done this for all of the children who have lost a mum or a dad - or both." 

That was the heartfelt message from Norfolk’s senior coroner after she completed a grueling 100-mile run. 

Jacqueline Lake, who has worked in her role for more than a decade, supports the bereaved on a daily basis. 

Eastern Daily Press: Norfolk coroner Jacqueline Lake. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

But it was the work of Nelson’s Journey, the Norfolk-based childhood bereavement charity, that inspired her to do the run. 

Never before had she attempted such a long distance but last month she faced the Saxon 100 Mile Endurance Run at Herne Bay, Kent. 

Running has always been a passion she has undertaken for many years, including completing marathons. 

Setting off at 8am and finishing the following day at 9am, it is 25 hours she will never forget.  

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She said: “I had never attempted such a distance before – the longest I had done previously was 60 miles - so this was a massive challenge for me. By the end I was exhausted. 

“It was so worthwhile though. 

“I wanted to show my support for Nelson’s Journey, which is such a worthwhile cause that raises money for children who has lost anyone significant to them. 

Eastern Daily Press: Senior coroner Jacqueline Lake. Photo: Bill Smith

“As part of my role as Norfolk coroner, I have heard about the positive impact that the chairty has had on children and young people, following a bereavement.    

"Nelson’s Journey clearly plays an important part in trying to make this loss a little more bearable."  

Mrs Lake was supported by her loved ones during the run including her daughter and pet dog, William. 

This year, the charity is celebrating its 25th birthday and is asking people to take part in its fundraiser, Challenge 25.