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Friday, 22 August 2014

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Pair 'robbed' in Carlisle - in aid of cancer charity

Two people in Carlisle were ‘robbed’ yesterday as part of a worldwide charity effort.

Facebook robbery photo
Rob Jones ‘robs’ donations from Facebook friends Nic Grierson and Sharon Hamer

Rob Jones, 35, is meeting all his 700 Facebook friends, including Nic Grierson, 35, of Currock to ‘rob’ them of a donation for the Clic Sargent cancer charity.

The charity supports children and young people with cancer, a cause which is close to Rob’s heart as one of his friend’s sons has suffered leukaemia.

Rob knows Nic – a teacher at Carlisle’s Kingmoor School – after they studied at teacher training college in Ambleside. Also ready with a donation was Sharon Hamer, 37, of Kendal, who also studied with the pair.

Nic said: “It is something a bit different and for a good cause.”

Rob, who divides his time between Manchester and Poland, said he wanted to do something unusual to raise awareness and money.

He explained: “I thought I have got 700 Facebook friends so I will visit all of them and ‘rob’ them. Luckily I am self-employed so I can do this. I am not only trying to raise money but to highlight the story also.”

Rob has raised £3,000 so far and visited 116 friends in countries such as Poland, Finland, Switzerland and Germany. He was also planning to visit Harrington in Workington which would take his tally to 122.

While training he taught at primary schools in Upperby and Cleator Moor where former England goalkeeper Scott Carson was in his class. Rob added: “I will be going as far as New Zealand and the most obscure trip will be to the Faroe Islands. I will have been to 30 countries by the end. The Germans have been the most generous so far.”

To donate, visit 700friends.com

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