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Wraxall man to take on 80-mile trek for family friend

PUBLISHED: 11:52 06 November 2017

David Richens with Lilly Roberts from the Sawyers Arms at Nailsea, which is supporting David's fundraising.

David Richens with Lilly Roberts from the Sawyers Arms at Nailsea, which is supporting David's fundraising.

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A Wraxall man is preparing to trek 80 miles across Cambodia in memory of a family friend.

David Richens, aged 60, has raised £3,550 so far, but he’s hoping to donate £4,250 to Help For Heroes after the challenge.

David is taking part in the gruelling feat in memory of Jack Patrick who died of Goodpasture syndrome (GPS) in 2015 at the age of 20.

GPS is a rare autoimmune disease in which antibodies attack and destroy healthy body tissue.

David will be walking with a group of Jack’s family and friends under the name Team Jacko to raise money for the armed forces charity.

He said: “I have been asked to take on one of the biggest challenges of my life by my great friend Shaun Patrick and his family.

“They have been supporters of the Help For Heroes charity following the untimely loss of their youngest son Jack.

“I had met Jack with his dad and brother William at many football matches over the years. He was a larger-than-life character who lived life to the full and although only young he was a keen supporter of Help For Heroes.

“To continue Jack’s memory, Shaun has put together a group of trekkers from friends and family to continue this support.

“The trek itself lasts for six days and covers 80 miles with no rest days. The main issue will be maintaining enough energy and stamina to walk this distance in the heat and humidity of Cambodia where there is no hiding place and no toilets either, just tents and plastic bags.

“The team will be driven on and supported by servicemen who have benefited from the support Help For Heroes offers.

“Although I have done quite a lot of walking in the Lake District and Snowdonia I have never taken on a challenge such as this before.”

David, who has been walking five miles a day to prepare for the challenge, will be flying out to Cambodia on March 1 next year.

The trek will last for six days, finishing at Angkor Wat temple.

The Sawyers Arms, in Nailsea High Street, has been helping David to reach his target and the pub held a barbecue during the summer adding £1,275 to the total.

To sponsor David, click here.

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