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Hike for charity
Published 30/06/14



A MAN from Middle Assendon raised £1,700 to help typhoon victims in the Philippines.

Simon Lynch, 42, and his friend Jonathan Astill, from Somerset, hiked 110 miles across Devon.

The money will go to Rebuild Balud, a charity set up to support the village destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan.

The men, who each carried a 30lb pack, walked for about 21 miles a day for ?? days until the final two days when Mr Astill had to give up due pain in his knees..

Mr Lynch, a father-of-three who works in London, said: “We were carrying these packs most of the way and at the end of the day your feet, legs and shoulders would be throbbing because you are not used to carrying that sort of weight. There were lots of aches and pains.


“The terrain ranged from really boggy marshland to stunning river valleys and incredible views across Dartmoor and Exmoor.

“In many places the route wasn’t marked so you would guess which direction to go in and then hopefully pick up a track later.”

Rebuild Balud was set up by Mr Astill’s brother, Martin, whose wife’s family lives in Balud.

The charity needs about £420 to rebuild one house and £70 to buy a non-motorised boat.

Mr Lynch said: “We raised enough to buy a good few houses. We had lots of sponsorship coming in along the way so it was very worthwhile.”

To make a donation, visit www.rebuildbalud.org

But Mr Lynch, who works for Appian in London, was left to walk a father-of-three who is married to Victoria,

Published 30/06/14

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