FRANK Water Ambassador Jim Dorman looks back at the distance travelled
This day two years ago I was three weeks into a walk around the South West Coast Path. The walk covered 630 miles on the official path and another 400 miles finding my hotels and a bite to eat. For nine whole weeks I walked for six days and then took a day off to rest (and wash my clothes). It was a truly amazing life experience, but it was not all fun. There were days when it rained – a lot. Some days there were severe ascents and descents. On more than a few days my body, especially my feet were not really up for another walk.
BUT on those days, I took comfort in the fact that my walk had raised nearly £10,000 for a great cause and that I was also proudly wearing my “Clean Water Saves Lives” T-shirt which gave me the opportunity to talk to passers-by about the work that FRANK Water do.
Last year I had the opportunity to travel to India and see three villages that are benefiting from the funding and huge amount of work that goes into improving the water and sanitation by the team at FRANK Water and the NGO’s they work with. I’m immensely proud that I have been able to contribute to their efforts.
During that trip I stayed at the Bhoramdeo Jungle Retreat where I was looked after extremely well by Sunny and Sabi. It is set in the foothills of Maikel Hills in the district of Kabirdham – three hours from Jaipur – and is a truly beautiful place. We walked through rural villages, visited a temple and dined outside for delicious dinner, breakfast and lunch – all served with added charm from Sunny.
Fast forward to today and we have just signed a three-year agreement between Bart and FRANK Water. This commitment forms part of our newly written Bart Corporate Social Responsibility strategy and strengthens the relationship between both parties. We are planning events, special product launches and even more engagement from the teams at Bart and FRANK Water.