Danial, 12, keeps feet on ground in giant fund-raising 'climb'

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Fund-raiser Danial - Credit: Submitted

Torquay schoolboy Danial Reilly has been tackling one of the toughest mountain challenges in Europe –without leaving his home town. 

During the current lockdown, 12-year-old Danial has been running the equivalent of the Tour du Mont Blanc and has already raised £1,207 in aid of the DEC’s Coronavirus Appeal - DEC is an organisation which brings together 14 leading UK aid charities to help countries hit by large-scale disasters. 

The Tour du Mont Blanc is a breath-taking, 110 miles hike with 5,000 metres of ascent, passing through parts of Switzerland, Italy and France.  

Danial has been running the equivalent of this route four miles a day, with his canine running companion Alexi, up and down the fields and woods where he lives.  

He set out to raise £500 but has now more than doubled that target, to support families and communities in fragile countries. 

Danial says: "I couldn’t see my friends, go to school, or play team sports when we went back into lockdown. I wanted something to focus on that would push me to achieve a goal, so I decided to do the run and raise money for a charity. We’ve all been affected by Covid-19 here, but I chose the DEC Coronavirus Appeal because there are people worse off than us and the DEC are helping them.”  
The DEC’s appeal was launched to help people who have had to flee their homes because of conflict and hunger in places such as Yemen, Syria and South Sudan and who now face the additional threat of Covid-19.  

Saleh Saeed, CEO of the DEC, said: “We were thrilled to hear about Danial. It’s really heart-warming to learn that, despite the crisis here at home, Danial is passionate to support people in fragile countries. 

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“Donations raised by generous individuals like Danial are being used to help fight the spread of Covid-19 by providing water, soap, and handwashing stations, supporting frontline medical workers with PPE and ensuring that the crisis doesn’t mean people go hungry and children become malnourished.” 

Danial has now completed 101 miles and 4,300m of his Challenge. To support his appeal visit Danial's Just Giving page