Portsmouth cyclist aids Nepal earthquake victims

David Ward

David Ward

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A SOUTHSEA goldsmith is undertaking the biggest challenge of his life to help victims of the Nepal earthquake.

David Ward, 49, of Marmion Road, is testing his limits to support a country that he has always loved.

The goldsmith and diamond mounter at Marmion Road’s Barbara Tipple store, said: ‘I love the country and I love the Nepalese people so I said we have got to do something to focus on this disaster.’

Wasting no time, David flew up to Scotland with three friends in a bid to cycle the equivalent of the height of Mount Everest.

The quartet aims to raise money to support the work of the dZi Foundation, which was founded in 1998.

The charity works with Nepal’s most remote communities to improve quality of life and reduce poverty.

This is accomplished through giving the poorest communities the education and material to build schools and wells.

David said: ‘The charity works mainly near the epicentre of the earthquake in the area affected, about 50 miles north of Katmandu, so a lot of the work that they have done has been destroyed.

Since the earthquake, dZi has been helping families to locate missing loved ones.

David travelled to Applecross, Scotland alongside fellow cyclists Charles Sanders, Matt Ray and Kevin Connors.

Applecross is home to Bealach na Bà, a historic pass through the mountains in the Scottish Highlands which, at 626m, is the highest road path in the UK.

They will ride up and down the road until they have reached the equivalent distance of Everest’s 8, 848 metres.

David predicts the challenge will take around 20 hours. He said: ‘No-one has ever done it before so we’re pretty nervous.’

To donate visit justgiving.com/dziearthquake

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