Sidmouth Grizzly runner sponsored for NZ quake victims

Grizzly runner April Rose from Sidmouth, raises �1,000 for Christchurch earthquake appeal

AMONG the 1,675 finishers in this year’s Grizzly Run, was April Rose from Sidmouth, whose efforts raised around �1,000 for the Christchurch earthquake appeal.

April, a chiropractor, decided to raise money for the appeal after her boyfriend Rich Fuell experienced the quake first hand when he was visiting the New Zealand city to see his sister Natalie.

She and Rich’s mum Lynne, had a tough time raising sponsorship, but determination, and lots of phone calls, along with help from Sidmouth Post Office staff, who accepted donations over the counter, has boosted the fund.

Meanwhile boyfriend Rich, who has returned to Christchurch, where Prince William visited this week, told the Sidmouth Herald some 10,000 homes need to be demolished following the earthquake - overshadowed by the enormous one that hit Japan a week ago – and some may never be rebuilt.

The money sponsored in the Sidmouth and Branscombe area will go towards shelter for quake victims, clothing and food.