CHARITY hero Jamie McDonald has been beaten up and robbed on his way across Canada as he bids to raise tens of thousands of pounds for sick children.
The incident is a setback for Jamie as he hopes to become the first person to run unaided across the country. It is understood he has lost a camera, with a week's footage on it, a hard drive and his wallet and credit cards.
Jamie, 27, has received huge support from the Canadian people during his 5,000 mile challenge. But as he arrived in ski resort Banff to celebrate New Year's Eve, he was set upon and lost his bag.
The party town is famous for its apres ski and high class snowsports that attract visitors from all over the world.
Although unhurt in the incident, Jamie has lost a bag carrying vital resources to document his run.
He took to Twitter to appeal for help to have his bag returned.
He said: “So I just got beat up, I couldn't give a s*** but my MAN BAG that got left behind, has my world behind it. Video footage and more.
“This is a call out, anyone in Banff, hand over a bag that is the difference in changing this world. Thank you so much.”
Jamie, from Tredworth, set off on his challenge in March and is due to arrive in Vancouver later this month.
He is currently on the toughest leg of his route, the Rocky Mountains where he faces blizzard conditions and temperatures as low as -40.
The former St Peter’s High School pupil is raising money for the Pied Piper Appeal at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Canadian children’s charities.
To follow his progress or sponsor him, go online at http://www.jamiemcdonald.org.