Seaford and Newhaven Round Table man walks South Coast

Dan Ori outside the office of Round Table Children's Wish, during his South Coast Walk.
Dan Ori outside the office of Round Table Children's Wish, during his South Coast Walk.

A member of Seaford and Newhaven Round Table is walking the entire South Coast in aid of a charity for children with life threatening illnesses.

Dedicated Dan Ori, 33, is hoping to raise a whopping £12,500 for Bournemouth-based Round Table Children’s Wish.

The walk between Dover and Land’s End covers 625 miles and during the mammoth trek Dan popped into the charity’s HQ and met the team.

Dan said: “I am a former chairman of the Seaford and Newhaven Round Table and have raised money for the charity in the past.

“Several years ago I mentioned in the pub about doing a walk along the South Coast and my friends have held me to it.

“It is very hard work, but enjoyable and I’ve met a lot of interesting people along the way.

“I was hoping to raise about £5 per mile, but if things carry on as they are it could be £20 per mile.”

Round Table Children’s Wish is a national charity which helps young people aged between four and 17 by making their dreams a reality.

A wide variety of wishes are granted including family holidays, trips to Disneyland, a chance to meet a favourite celebrity or being able to have a toy or item that enables life to be a little more enjoyable during a very difficult time.

Other wishes have included swimming with dolphins, being a zoo-keeper for a day, shopping sprees and visits to meet sporting heroes.

Since the charity opened its doors in 1990 it has granted more than 1,500 wishes.

It relies solely on support from individuals such as Dan, who raise money to support the charity.

Dan continued: “Meeting the charity first hand has given me even more motivation to complete the challenge.

“I have had great support from Round Tables across the country and people are donating through my website.

“I have twisted my ankle but I’m carrying on and hope to reach Land’s End at the beginning of August.”

Round Table Childrne’s Wish spokesperson Charlotte Otter said: “We are so grateful to Dan for all the effort he is putting in and the money he is raising.

“It is only through the efforts of people like Dan that we can continue to make wishes come true for children who have often suffered a great deal.”

Dan is walking up to 25 miles a day . He said he had been finding people he met en route were incredibly generous and have been donating to the cause. Visit www.walkingdan.co.uk or www.rtcw.org.uk to donate.