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Bromley man walks 530 miles from France to Spain raising more than £28,000

PUBLISHED: 10:26 11 December 2017 | UPDATED: 10:40 11 December 2017

Ric Piper walking along the beach of Finisterre on the West Coast of Spain. Photo: Ric Piper

Ric Piper walking along the beach of Finisterre on the West Coast of Spain. Photo: Ric Piper

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A Bickley man who lost his daughter to terminal illness has raised more than £28,000 for charity by rambling across France and Spain in her memory.

Ric Piper with wife Dianne and daugher Nicole along the beach of Finisterre on the West Coast of Spain. Photo: Ric PiperRic Piper with wife Dianne and daugher Nicole along the beach of Finisterre on the West Coast of Spain. Photo: Ric Piper

Ric Piper’s daughter Laura died of pneumonia, after battling anorexia, in March 2016 at the age of 26.

Ric completed the 530-mile Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage in her memory over 40 days, starting in the French Pyrenees and ending on the West Coast of Spain.

Spurred on by memories of his daughter, he said: “On the steepest of hills, on the hottest of afternoons, on the longest of days, I felt Laura walking with me.”

Over the course of his walk Ric was joined by 27 friends and three dogs and covered a distance equivalent of Land’s End to John O’Groats and back.

Ric Piper in the company of sheep. Photo: Ric PiperRic Piper in the company of sheep. Photo: Ric Piper

Of the money that Ric has raised, £7,000 is being donated to the children’s charity The Rainbow Trust, who he has supported for more than 20 years, and three other charities.

The Rainbow Trust is a national charity which offers emotional and practical support for the whole family from their child’s diagnosis, during treatment and, if necessary, through bereavement and beyond.

Ric has supported previously the charity by hosting a “Riding with Ric” event for his 60th birthday in 2012.

Emma Haines, director of marketing and fundraising at Rainbow Trust, said: “It’s down to the generosity of our supporters like Ric that we are able to continue raising vital funds to support families in need.

“We’d like to congratulate Ric on completing the Camino de Santiago and thank him for helping us raise awareness of Rainbow Trust’s work.

“His fundraising will help the families we support who are caring for a seriously ill child.”

Ric is also donating a portion of the money to eating disorders charity Beat, which set up in 1989 as the UK’s first charity of its kind.

Another portion of the funds will go to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the last share to homelessness charity House of St Barnabas.

There is still time to contribute to Ric’s fundraising page: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=RamblingWithRic-Camino2017&pageUrl=4

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