Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

In the News

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IAIN Purdiefrom Low Fell, Gateshead, recently got back from the trip of a lifetime. He backpacked across 33 countries and raised pounds 1,500 for The Blue Dragon Children's Foundation in Vietnam by walking 1,000 miles at the end of his trip. And all while wearing his NUFC top. CLAIRE THOMPSON caught up with him to find out what he got up to.

Did anyone recognise your NUFC top when you were backpacking?

When I was in Slovakia, a man approached me and asked if I was English, because of the top I was wearing. I told him I was from Newcastle and he went on to tell me that he was the Northampton South FC chairman, which was a bit of a coincidence.

So what was it that made you want to raise money for the children in Vietnam?

When I was in Vietnam I visited The Blue Dragon Children's Foundation. Once I'd met the children there I just couldn't not do something to help them.

So why walk 1,000 miles?

The inspiration originally came from the line in the Proclaimers song, "I would walk 500 miles and I would walk 500 more". …

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