Saturday, 11 May 2013

10. Land’s End to John O’Groats. Devon: Beeny, Bideford and Barnstaple. Robbie Brough and David Sansom walk for Emmaus.

Total raised incl. Gift Aid:
Total donors:
Biggest donor:
Last donor:
Lorna, Emmaus Lambeth

 Readers can go to the Virgin Money Giving website and see 
the donations coming in, including a lot of messages from supporters.  David and Robbie have also written fully about their plans there. 

David and Robbie, both 19, originally set a modest goal of £2,500 but  are now aiming to raise £25,000. 

In the eleven days since they left Land's End they have already received donations of £3,692,  including Gift Aid. 

By the end of July this target is looking very likely, as an anonymous grant giving body has agreed to match fund all donations to Emmaus Oxford over the next 9 weeks. 

David in Helly Hansen jacket, from Oslow.
Robbie. A39 Devon. 
10 May.  Email from David Sansom.

"Hi Mary,

“So yesterday we walked from Beeny outside Bude to Bideford Bay Touring Park.  This was a long walk along the A39.  Frightfully boring.  The weather was appalling, but had extremely strong tailwinds.  
West Country Inn

We stopped for a very late, very well-deserved lunch at the West Country Inn, on the A39.  The very kind people who worked there sold us some sausages and bread as the next town was too far to resupply.  

The people at Bideford Bay Touring Park were very kind in letting us stay, regardless that it wasn't a camp-site (on the OS maps, it says it was a camp-site .  We ate a nice burger there in their restaurant for dinner.  We then woke up an hour early (6 am) this morning, and cracked the last 8-10 miles or so on the A39, arriving in Bideford at noon. 

We stopped at Morrisons and bought baguettes, fillings and cakes and sat by the river to eat.  

We decided that walking along A roads are too dangerous, boring and anti-social, so got back on the South West Coast Path to Barnstaple.  We arrived at a camp-site here (can't remember the name off the top of our head), where the owner gave us a 25 percent discount as it was for charity.  The showers are epic.  We had hot dogs for dinner, made phone calls to friends and family and got into bed. 
The Castle, Barnstaple, Devon by G. Shaddick,National Art Collection.
Now only a mound remains.
Tomorrow we will have a later start as we have had 3 pretty intense days.  Will go into Barnstaple tomorrow for a restock: SD cards, Robbie needs a new knife, I need new sunglasses (mine tragically broke in Boscastle) and OS maps of the area.  That's all for the past 48 hrs.  The rain persisted today from 3pm onwards, but it has just stopped as we are about to sleep. 

£3,629 (including gift aid).  Please keep it coming in.  We are so grateful for this.  Keep the donations coming in and help us smash our target. 

R&D. X

We saw your outreach to the global Emmaus Community and are very very grateful.

That's all for today, 

Thanks again,


Robbie and David are going to Minehead next, then Bristol, Sedbury, Chepstow, Prestatyn, Edale, Byrness, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Fort William, Inverness and round the coast to John O’Groats. 

They will link up with Companions – the formerly homeless residents of Emmaus communities and other supporters, when they go through Bristol and other towns and cities where Emmaus is based.  They tweet and Facebook their progress, so that other walkers can come along and join them en route.  If you do join them, they told me they crave chocolate. 

Emmaus is an international charity with 24 communities across the UK.  It provides employment and new qualifications, as well as places to live for the homeless. 
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