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Dain, Seth, Ross and Sam

Coast to Coast for Sierra Leone

He’s at it again! After raising over £4,500 running the Marathon des Sables in the Sahara last year, our patron and most determined fundraiser, Dain Jensen and his friends set off on Friday 6 October on their latest adventure in support of the Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship Link to walk Coast to Coast.

Just before leaving for his latest extreme challenge Dain said: “Every year I try to complete some relatively difficult challenge to raise money for one of our chosen charities. This year it’s the coast to coast walk from St Bees in the west to Robin Hood’s Bay in the east, 192 miles in 8 days, so nearly a marathon every day. We are raising money once again for the Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship Link, after another terrible time for the people of Sierra Leone recently.”

En route

By the end of Day Two, Dain and his team mates, (Seth East. Ross Garnett and Sam North) had faced mist and rain as they battled on to complete the Coast to Coast walk in 8 days rather than the 14 days most people take. Updating us on the walk so far, Dain said “I’m not surprised people can take 14 days to complete it… it’s really quite hard, navigation was proving tricky in the mist and rain but we’ve managed not to get lost so far!”.

That’s saying something for somebody who ran 156 miles across the Sahara Desert! Day One saw them set off from St Bees and face two big climbs on their way to Honister for a well-earned rest after walking 27 miles. On Day Two, they were faced with two more challenging giant climbs across the Lake District to Patterdale, completing another 18 miles, leaving 6 days and 111miles to go.

Mist and rain making the going tough

Mist and rain making the going tough

Richard Homewood, Chairman of the Friendship Link said: “The Link would like to express its gratitude to Dain and his team for their commitment and dedication to fundraising on behalf of the Link. We would also like to thank all of those who have sponsored him on this occasion and in the past. Every penny of the money raised reaches the people of Hastings, Sierra Leone and we have been pleased to be able to help those affected by the recent mudslides in the area. Your generous donations can make a real difference to people’s lives.”

Microsoft Word - Logo + blue.docIt’s not too late to sponsor Dain and his team: you can donate up until 13 January 2018. If you’d like to sponsor them and help Dain beat his previous total, please follow the link: Dain Jensen 2. And find out more about the Friendship Link and the work it is doing in Hastings, Sierra Leone at our website: About Sierra Leone Friendship Link.

Posted 18:42 Monday, Oct 9, 2017 In: Campaigns

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