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Former Islington postman saddles up for 1,600-mile trek

Journey to raise cash for refugee camp

08 June, 2018 — By Emily Finch

Crispin Dawes and his Honda CBF 600 motorbike

A FORMER postman is swapping his uniform for leathers to take part in a gruelling 1,600-mile motorbike journey in a bid to raise funds for a refugee camp.

Crispin Dawes, 66, from Barnsbury, was inspired to raise money for charity Refugee Support after a chance meeting with a volunteer at Athens airport on his way home from his holiday in March.

Mr Dawes, who has been on a handful of motorbike adventures, will set out on his Honda CBF 600 bike to a camp run by Refugee Support in northern Greece on July 1 and will spend two weeks volunteering.

He said: “The charity does such good work and I feel I have a moral duty to help.

“The volunteer for the refugee camp explained to me what the charity does and it really appealed to me and I thought why not do something active and above just donating money?”

The camp features a shopping arcade where refugees, who are mainly from Syria, can choose the items they want which is a unique system, according to Mr Dawes.

“I’m getting more excited as the time approaches,” he said.

He expects the journey to take a week and a half and he will self-fund his accommodation costs with any donations going straight to Refugee Support.

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