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SEATON: On the path again

Thursday, 05 June 2014

FORTIFIED with a sumptuous cooked breakfast from fellow Rotarians, Val & Viv Bates and long distance walker David Harvey took another step on his charity challenge along the South West Coastal Path. Seaton & District vice president Viv and his wife Val had kindly offered overnight accommodation in their Beer home to Harvey on his quest to complete the 630 miles from Minehead to Poole in 43 days. President Jean Davies, past president Les Andrews and the Rotary Club’s community and welfare officer the Reverend Canon John Holder and his wife Shirley were also present as they handed over a cheque to Harvey, who is raising money for Hospicecare, Children’s Hospice South West and Shelterbox. Then with his rucksack loaded Harvey was off on his next stage into Dorset. “I walked from Budleigh Salterton to Sidmouth yesterday and that was tough,” said Harvey. “I though the hardest part, which was between Hartland Quay and Bude in Cornwall with 10 successive big ups and downs, was behind me but there were some pretty tough climbs between Sidmouth and Beer. “I was quite surprised at how aggressive this part was but I am really enjoying it.” Various Rotary clubs along the route have provided over half of Harvey’s overnight accommodation requests and the remainder he is paying out of his own pocket. “All the money that is donated will go towards the three charities,” added 63-year-old Harvey, who is a former soldier and retired policeman living in Tiverton. “I have had great support from the Rotary and also people have been very generous along the way.” Amazingly Harvey reports no problems with blisters but not surprisingly admits to sore and tired free – and baggy shorts! “I was fit and 13 stones before I started this walk,” said Harvey. “Now I am very fit and 12 stones and need a belt to keep up my shorts!” If you would like to donate to Harvey’s charity walk log onto teams/DavidsSWCP

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