Exmouth dads are welcomed home

Beacon School turned out to welcome home two Exmouth dads who walked the Devon and Dorset coastline for charity.

Beacon School turned out to welcome home two Exmouth dads who walked the Devon and Dorset coastline for charity.

The pupils were joined by town crier Roger Bourgein in the Strand Gardens to welcome home Jim Hunter and Mark Hoole on Saturday.

Jim and Mark, both former soldiers, set off last week to hike from Plymouth last Monday and arrived at Poole six days later.

They raised �1,000 to train and equip farmers in Burkina Faso so they can feed their families.


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The money from the 217-mile charity trek will be added to the �2,800 already raised by the school.

And if they reach �5,000 then the European Union will bring the total up to �25,000.

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Mark said: “This has been such a privilege to do alongside the children. They gave us such a rousing welcome, chanting our names and clapping their hands.

“The town crier rang us in and the crowd were so warm. I found it very moving.”

Jim said: “People have been so generous all along the coast path.

“When they saw our Christian Aid tee shirts and how far we were walking they immediately put money into our tin of took a card to donate on line.

“To think that us and the kids will help to feed a million people – it’s overwhelming and very rewarding.”

To make a donation online visit www.justgiving.com/walkagainstpoverty

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