Mechanic raises cash for Zimbabwe journey

Simon Hardingham, Charity Work. 780C
Simon Hardingham, Charity Work. 780C
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A mechanic from Grantham is raising money to fund a 10-week trip to the southern African country of Zimbabwe where he will take part in projects to help poor communities.

Simon Hardingham, 25, will head out to Africa in January to help tackle poverty after gaining a place on the government-funded International Citizen Service (ICS) which allows young people, aged between 18 and 25, to take part in long-term development projects in poorer countries around the world.

Before leaving Simon must raise £800 for charity and this weekend is leading a ‘Walking for Water’ event from the Rutland Arms in Woolsthorpe by Belvoir on Sunday (November 18). The walk starts and finishes at the pub, setting off at 11am and will take about two and a half hours. Hot drinks will be available on the route and there will be a raffle back at the pub. The cost to take part is £5 per adult and children go free. Dogs are welcome. All proceeds will go to the charity Progressio ICS.

Simon said: “My ‘Walking for Water’ event is a way of making sure developing countries can continue to benfit from the work of future volunteers, so it’s vital I reach my target.”

For more information on the event and to pre-book tickets call Simon on 07527 255256.

You can make an on-line donation by going to

You can also follow Simon’s progress on his blog at