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Weʼre raising £3,000 to fund defibrillators for the Hay/Glasbury area. I, together with Aubrey and Clare Fry, are raising these funds in memory of Mungo Leir.

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Mungo was my very dear and much-loved friend; he had the biggest, most open heart. It seems ironic that he died of cardiac arrest at the ridiculously young age of 48.

A fitting legacy to him would be one which has the potential to save lives in the rural community which he passionately loved, and called home, in the last few years of his life: hence the idea of a defibrillator. He would have LOVED the thought of a life saved from the same condition which took him.

Mungo regularly canoed short distances on the River Wye with family, friends and visitors, utilising a Hay-based canoe-hire company called “want to canoe?”, which is owned and run by his dear friends Aubrey and Clare. Mungo had expressed a wish to Clare to canoe further-it is actually possible to canoe 100 miles to Chepstow without restriction on this magnificent river- and together they had planned a 3-day trip for friends, to take place in 2017.

Sadly, and for obvious reasons, this never came to fruition, but it now forms the perfect foundation for my fundraising challenge: I intend to canoe the 100 miles to Chepstow, which will take approx 5 days and will involve wild camping, or overnighting in basic campsites. When Aubrey suggested this as my challenge I was inspired, if not a little nervous: it is not for the faint-hearted, particularly for a novice canoeist like me: I have canoed just once in my life, over a distance of 5 miles! I will have an amazing team supporting me, but it will push me to my limit and kick me right out of my comfort zone.

Our aim is to raise enough money to buy at least one defibrillator, and provide training for its use. The long-term goal is for this to become an annual event, hence creating a permanent fund in Mungo’s memory. He would have loved the idea of his friends doing crazy things (like canoeing/camping in the rain) to raise money for his beloved community.

I can just hear him now: “Bloody brilliant, darling”


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    We’re nearly there! £2324 raised already. Thank you to you all for your incredible support ❤️. Two days to go till the 100-mile canoe challenge...🛶🏕🔥

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  • Angela Tysoe

    Angela Tysoe

    Apr 29, 2018

    Well done this is wonderful! I knew Mungo, a very gorgeous dear man xx


  • Esther Martin

    Esther Martin

    Apr 28, 2018

    Well done you lot. Looking good Caroline in them photos 😁


  • On behalf of Colin and Melanie Hulme

    On behalf of Colin and Melanie Hulme

    Apr 28, 2018

    From Colin and Melanie Hulme: In memory of Mungo, with love from Melanie and Colin.


  • On behalf of Nina Wing

    On behalf of Nina Wing

    Apr 28, 2018

    Donated by Nina Wing: “Basia, I have been a friend of Mungo’s mother for a long time and I am delighted to contribute to your fantastic project. Good luck and God Bless.”


  • Ian Campbell

    Ian Campbell

    Apr 28, 2018

    Well done you lot. 😉


  • Sara Pankhurst

    Sara Pankhurst

    Apr 28, 2018

    You 2 are soooo inspiring..I take my camping wellies off to you both ..Xx big hugs


  • Basia Newson-Smith

    Basia Newson-Smith

    Apr 28, 2018

    From Liz and Daisy Fry, and the Francis’


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Basia Newson-Smith

Basia Newson-Smith

I love a challenge and new experiences, hence my track record includes climbing Ben Nevis at night, the Moonwalk (27 miles walked at night around the streets of London), numerous charity runs and climbing the O2. This challenge in Mungo’s memory will push me like never before!

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