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Charity team soaked but successful after coast walk

Harry Elias, Christopher Perrin, Justin Morton and Phil Pettit have completed an epic charity walk after Harry found out that his former girlfriend was diagnosed with cancer.

The friends walked over 220 miles from Poole to Plymouth in 11 days through torrential rain.

They started raising money in 2008 when Harry’s ex-girlfriend and her father were diagnosed with cancer.

Harry said: “Thankfully they’re both ok now but at the time I felt I should do something to help.”

The men met at Plymouth University. Their first fundraising attempt for Cancer Research UK was a 230 mile walk from Plymouth to Newquay in 2008.

Then in 2010 they walked from Minehead to Newquay. For their event this year they decided to walk South West Coast Path along the Jurassic coast to raising money for the British Heart Foundation.

Over the years they have raised between an amazing £6,000 and £7,000.

“The highlight of the trip is always the people we meet along the way and their generosity,” said Harry.

“This time we only got two good days of weather. We spent most of the time soaked to the skin, getting into wet tents, putting away wet tents and just being wet.”

The 27 year old year old is grateful to pubs and bed and breakfasts in Plymouth, Poole and everywhere in-between that offered discounted rates, although they camped for most of the adventure.

“A couple of nights ago we were completely drenched having walked through torrential rain and Old Barton Farm, a B&B in Noss Mayo, offered us a discounted room and when we paid they put most of it back in the collection tin.”

“The rain and wind were unreal. It got quite hairy on some of the cliff edges, especially carrying our big bags. It was slippery too.”

You can donate to the team at www.justgiving.com/swcpfinalchapter.

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