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volunteer daniel brings his army skills to the china trek

My name’s Daniel Allen and I’ve set myself an exciting challenge for 2017 – joining Tŷ Hafan’s China Trek to the Great Wall.

Daniel AllenI’m a 63-year-old married dad-of four, from Mountain Ash in the Cynon Valley and I’ve been a Tŷ Hafan volunteer for about three years. I’m a volunteer marshal for the Rainbow Run events and I’ve also covered the Brecon to Cardiff cycle event.

I’ve been to the hospice and seen the work they do; it’s marvellous. Knowing what these children go through motivates me to help. I decided I’d do as much as I can for them.

The first time I visited the hospice was at Christmas. They invited me in to watch their Panto – and I ended up with a role in it, dressed as a woman! It was all a lot of fun and great to see the children laughing.

Having previously worked in the army as an armourer and engineer, I like any challenge and I’ve been all over the world – Italy, Slovakia, Albania, Cyprus, Germany and France – but I’ve never been to China. It’s always been somewhere I’ve wanted to go, especially to see the Great Wall. So this year I’m joining Tŷ Hafan’s China Trek. I’ve always been someone who wants to do something different and this looks like a great challenge. It’s nice to raise money for charity doing something you enjoy as well.

It doesn’t seem like something I’ll struggle to do; I have no problem with fitness and I am healthy. I already walk between eight and ten miles every day. But before the walk I am going to lose a bit of weight and get back to my target weight of 13st. I need to lose 22lb in the next three months, which I will! It’s easy to do; just cut down and have fewer pints! I’ve already got most of the equipment from my army days, so I’ll just need to get a few bits and pieces before the trek.

One of the Tŷ Hafan bereaved dads, Gary Footman, is also doing the trek in memory of his daughter.  We’re keeping in touch to see how each other is getting on with training.

I can’t wait to meet the rest of the team and see how they’re getting on with training.

We’ll be keeping you all up-to-date with our progress and I’m planning to record a video diary of the trek, so keep a look out for more from the China Trekkers!

If you would like to join Daniel and the team for the adventure of a lifetime, raising money for life-limited children and their families, please visit http://www.tyhafan.org/china/ for more information or to sign up.

Or, if you think the trek might be a step too much for you, you can still join in our Virtual Trek from home. For more information please visit https://www.tyhafan.org/virtualtrek/