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Charity hero Jamie McDonald from Gloucester is robbed in Canada during 5,000 mile running challenge

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 01, 2014

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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.

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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.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  January 01 2014, 8:33PM

    Bag found/returned "Having spent a crazy day speaking to the police and the media, I wanted to update everybody who's been kind enough to read, share and care. My bag, including my possessions, priceless hours of footage of my journey across Canada and my wallet, amongst other things, has been found. Some of you may know that I was attacked in the early hours of New Year's Day in Banff and that I left quickly after the unprovoked attack, leaving my bag. I was told it had been taken. I reported the incident to the police today, including what I remembered of the three attackers. The police have been phenomenally supportive. I would like to make it clear that none of this happened in Earls Restaurant in Banff, where I spent some time on New Year's Eve. I had gone on to another place. I have nothing but good things to say about Earls Restaurant, I had a great time there. I have been amazed at the response, from friends and strangers and from the British and Canadian media, both of which have helped spread my story. I wish the story didn't have to have an unfortunate incident in order to reach people, but I'm glad in a way because the more people that know about my journey, the more children it might be able to help. As the saying goes, every cloud has a silver lining and the additional donations as a result of people hearing about this are hugely appreciated. As I mentioned earlier, I'm physically fine and was obviously very shaken up, but the support has been incredible. Although I'd been told my bag had been taken, it appears that whoever did so had a change of mind, as the bag was found at/near the place I left after the attack. I would like to thank you all again, especially the people of Banff, who've shown me the most incredible hospitality, and as I told a journalist here, I'd like to say that this doesn't affect my thoughts about Canada one bit – I've had the best experiences here and the world-famous Canadian hospitality has been proved to be anything but a stereotype. If you'd like to donate to the causes for sick children I'm supporting, please do so by clicking this link." http://tinyurl.com/nrx2lay

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  January 01 2014, 7:44PM

    Every Canadian I know feels ashamed that this happened in their country, what kind of sick twisted low life would do this to someone like this? I hope they get caught and Jamie gets his hard drive back with all his video footage back. Keep going Jamie!

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