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Minutes of the meeting of 30th March

2 April 2016

Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship Link Minutes of ordinary generals meeting of 30th March 2016   Present: Christine & Richard Lane, Ray Keene, Eileen & Bill Evans, Eve Martin, Richard Homewood […]


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2 April 2016

Local businessman Dain Jensen (and one of the Link’s three Patrons) is about to brave the desert heat to raise funds for our Twin Town, Hastings in Sierra Leone. Dain, […]

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Dain Jensen and his pals, Adam and Paul are recovering well after completing what is billed as "the toughest foot race on earth". The Marathon des Sables, a 156 mile ultra marathon held over six days in the Sahara Desert in southern Morocco certainly lived up to its reputation with 60 of the 1200 runners dropping out after the first day. Some 134 had pulled out by the finish.

Dain, recovering well from his blisters and still dusting off the sand said:

“For me, the experience and the highs, out-weighed the lows. The stunning scenery, sand dunes as big as the downs, thousand metre mountains to scale, and running alone at night, under a sea of stars with nothing but the crickets, moths and your thoughts for company are something I shall not forget. Then there were the humbling moments, like seeing Duncan Slater, a double amputee, cross the line after 84 kilometres on his prosthetic legs and crutches!! ”

It was all about determination and commitment and Dain was running the race with Adam to raise funds for the Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship Link and supporters had been following his progress and willing him on. For Dain it was also a life changing experience. He lost several stones whilst training and even more during the race. The training paid off because he came a respectable 385th out of the 1200 runners. Dain went on to say:

“To actually finish it was the objective in the end, its less about the physical strength and more about the mental strength. I can highly recommend it, as long as you're not someone who's worried about living in a sandstorm and not washing for a week!! No five star hotels, showers or ice baths to aid recovery here! Our accommodation was very basic with eight of us sharing a very simple tent”

Richard Homewood, Chair of the Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship Link, said:

“We are immensely proud of Dain and extremely grateful for his efforts to raise funds for our projects in Hastings, Sierra Leone which include work to support the Health Centre and schools in an area with one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world and very poor schools. We will ensure that every penny Dain raises reaches the community in Sierra Leone and is put to good use. Dain is nearly half way to his target and we would encourage everybody to recognise his efforts.”

Dain was keen to thank his supporters and encourage more people to support the Friendship Link’s efforts:

“I would just like to say a big thank you to all those who have donated to a cause which is close to my heart and was my motivation during the gruelling six days. I would also remind those who have promised and have yet to do so that there is still time to donate by logging on to the website at

“And finally, thanks to those who helped me with my preparation and training.
Adam Slater for convincing me to sign up in the first place.
Lester Keates for helping to put together a training programme.
Rory Coleman for his advice on kit, toe-strapping and most importantly, how to enjoy running a marathon.
The guys, and girl, from tent 149 for their humour and banter.
Ash and the team from Brighton University sports science department.
And last, but by no means least, Fiona for supporting and putting up with me!!
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A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE – A Message from Dain Dain Jensen and his pals, Adam and Paul are recovering well after completing what is billed as "the toughest foot race on earth". The Marathon des ...

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Well done Dain and Adam a huge effort and fantastic achievement! Come on everyone lets recognise their success and help them reach their fundraising target. mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/dainjensen1 ... See MoreSee Less

You did it ! 👍

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Last day. Last start.✌️🐪🏃😀👍☀️ UNICEF we are so many of us. #charitystage UNICEF France / UNICEF UK

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