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Fundraising's in the blood! CHARITY: Daughter inspires dad to head to Africa.

Byline: Justine Halifax

IT'S a case of like daughter like dad where the Mullins family is concerned.

Budding adventurer Barry Mullins is preparing to follow in his daughter's charity footsteps by heading out to Africa.

The 46-year-old, of Church Drive, Shenstone, near Lichfield, will be helping to dig wells and build water pumps to provide running water for villagers who are living in absolute poverty when he pays a visit to Kwazula.

And the inspiration for his trip is his daughter Amy who travelled to Tanzania last year to work as a teacher in an impoverished village miles from anywhere.

The 19-year-old's selfless act spurred Barry on to "go and do his bit".

He said: "I was just so proud of Amy. I thought if she can do it then so can I. It's something I have thought about doing for a long time but it was Amy's actions that gave me the final push I needed."

To qualify for the trip Barry needed to raise pounds 500 for the One Foundation charity and even though he doesn't travel until mid-October he's already hit the target and now has his eyes set on surpassing the pounds 1,000 mark.

And he's looking to drinkers at his local pub to help him achieve his goal.

When Amy visited Africa she had raised money to buy new desks for the school where she was based with the help of drinkers at the historic Fox and Hounds pub, in Shenstone.

Now Barry, a regular and former barman at the village pub, plans to "pass round the hat" again.

Barry added: "When I went round asking for donations for Amy I raised pounds 300 in less than ten minutes.

I know you can't keep going to the same people all the time but I'm sure the regulars won't mind digging deep again for such a good cause."

Fox and Hounds landlord Ken Gardner, who is putting posters up around the pub asking for donations, said: "Barry is a really popular with everyone. If he does just one collection here I'm sure he will easily raise enough to take him past pounds 1,000."

Among his other fundraising activities Barry collected more than pounds 300 when he took part in the Shenstone Fun Run with his partner Claire Ketchion.

Barry is making the trip to Kwazula with a team of 22 workmates from Total Uk Ltd - the Watfordbased company is footing all travel and accommodation bills so everything he raises goes straight to the charity.

Anyone wishing to donate to *the One Foundation charity should visit www.justgiving.com/barrymullins1.

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Following in her footsteps: Barry Mullins, inset, is off to Kwazula after being inspired by his daughter Amy in Tanzania, above.
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