Accident in Morocco makes Honiton man appreciate charity

Robin Clapp was cycling through the Atlas Mountains for Headway Devon.

A HONITON man, who took part in a gruelling feat for Headway Devon, says he appreciates the work of the charity more than ever – after falling off his bike in Morocco and hitting his head.

Robin Clapp hit his head on a rock while cycling up the High Atlas Mountains, but escaped injury.

“I was wearing a helmet, which split,” he said.

“It made me appreciate the work Headway does with people who have suffered head injuries.”

Mr Clapp, who works in the service department at Harts of Honiton, took part in the week-long charity cycle to mark his 50th birthday.

He paid for the trip out of his own pocket and, with sponsorship, hopes to have raised �2,500.

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“Not only did we cycle 200 miles, we did a lot of walking,” he said.

“It was equivalent to doing the Three Peaks Challenge.

“The terrain was too steep to use the bikes in places and they were transported by mule, which was interesting.

He took his own bike to Morocco and says it was “perfect” thanks to excellent work undertaken on it by Tim Rapael, of Cycle, before he set off.

Although Mr Clapp stayed in places overnight that had no electricity, a chef travelled with his party and he said every location was “very romantic”.

“I would recommend it to anyone and if I could go back tomorrow I would,” he said.

Mr Clapp is still accepting donations towards his final figure.