Brian strides out for Shelterbox

A CHARITABLE Sidmouth resident has stepped out to raise more than �1,000 for charity. Brian Golding, pictured, of Milford Road, decided to do a sponsored walk from Sidmouth to Weymouth in aid of ShelterBox, the Cornwall-based disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelter and aid to people affected by disaster worldwide.

The head of forecasting research at the Met Office in Exeter chose ShelterBox because it’s the company’s charity of the year. The 60-mile trek took 18 hours, with Mr Golding setting off at 3am to ensure he completed it in one day. “It was a little dark to start off,” he said. “But the weather was gorgeous. The walk itself is lovely, along a well-maintained path, but the hills are quite hard work!”

Mr Golding, 57, was sponsored by members of Sidmouth Parish Church and colleagues at the Met Office, and thanked David Mason, chairman of Sidmouth Rotary Club, for his help: “He was very supportive in getting sponsorship from people in Sidmouth.”