A long walk home to raise cash for charity

INSPIRED by a trip to Nepal, a teacher skipped his regular commute and walked home from London to raise money for charity.

Thursday, 28th December 2017, 12:46 pm
Updated Thursday, 28th December 2017, 12:49 pm

Joe Moreton walked 71 miles from the Nepalese Embassy in London to Fareham to fundraise for Raleigh International, which supports families and individuals living in poverty.

The 36-year-old said: ‘I travelled to Nepal after the earthquake in 2015 and I was amazed that even with all this destruction around them, the people were so kind, friendly and welcoming.’

The earthquake saw 8,000 people lose their lives and 800,000 houses destroyed.

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Joe said: ‘Despite the earthquake and a fuel crisis as no fuel was allowed to cross the border from India, I was left with the feeling that I really wanted to go back.

‘After seeing consequences for myself and meeting people affected, I wanted 
to make a positive contribution.

‘It just made me want to do something for them and I found Raleigh International and decided to raise money for them.’

Joe set off from the embassy on December 21 and hoped the walk would take him three days.

He said: ‘I arrived to my house at 6.30am on Saturday and it had been a bit of a struggle after crossing the M25 and the country lanes seem to go on forever.’

Joe had to go the embassy to collect his visa for a trip to the country in the new year.

He said: ‘In January I am going out to the Gorkha region in Nepal for three months to help out with a project improving infrastructure and community resilience.

‘I’m really excited to 
go and nervous as well but I am mostly looking forward to it and I have raised about £1,500.’

He added:‘It was truly tough both physically and mentally but the messages and support from friends and family along with my brothers support got me through.

‘I hope it helps contribute in a small way to make a positive difference in Nepal.’

To donate visit justgiving.com/fundraising/joe-moreton