Charity in memory of climber Aiden Webb to support Vietnamese village
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Hope for Vietnamese villagers living in poverty could be born from the tragic death of climber Aiden Webb as a charity is being set up in his memory.
The 22-year-old slipped from a waterfall while traversing the Fanzipan mountain on June 4, two days after setting out on the climb.
After concerns had been raised for his safety, a huge search and rescue operation was launched by the local community.
Around 200 locals including police and forestry officers were involved in the search at its peak, with a GoFundMe page raising around £2,000 to pay for additional searchers.
Eventually the former Norwich School pupil and Anglia Ruskin graduate was found, and his body has been returned to his family.
Aiden's girlfriend Bluebell Baughan has now set up a charity in the memory called Aiden Shaw Webb Ascent (ASWA) - with an ambition of improving the local school and infrastructure in the area as a debt of thanks.
'Aiden Shaw Webb Ascent is a charity set up in the name of Aiden Webb, a compassionate, caring, brave and strong young man who left this world whilst climbing the highest peak of Indochina in 2016,' she explained.
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'ASWA aims to help relieve some of the consequences of poverty that the Hmong people residing in Xin Chai village, northern Vietnam endure on a daily basis.
'Primarily we hope to raise enough funds to provide payments for the materials and labour required to conduct essential repairs to the school building and the necessary educational equipment they currently lack.
'ASWA also aims to be in the position to pay for the provision of public amenities such as the construction of concrete pathways in the place of their current dirt walkways that transform into dangerous gullies during the rainy season.'
Ms Baughan has an initial target of raising around £5,000 to help the Hmong people. To contribute and for more information visit https://www.youcaring.com/hmong-people-of-lao-cai-province-northern-vietnam-600651#.