Frinton: Daring Dave will walk 100 miles to Wembley

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: Dave Garlick Dave Garlick

A CHARITY worker is planning to plod the painstaking 100-mile distance from Frinton to Wembley stadium.

Dave Garlick, 52, has pledged to take on the daunting charity in a bid to raise thousands of pounds for a community centre in Ecuador.

He grew up in Kirby-le-Soken before becoming a founding member of charity Hand in Hand, with the aim of raising cash and awareness to support those living in poverty overseas.

Originally aimed at boosting the underprivileged in Brazil, Dave helped the charity branch out into Ecuador.

He now spends about 11 months every year in Ecuador with his wife Ana, returning to the UK for a few weeks to drum up more support.

Dave has launched ambitious plans to build a £25,000 community centre in El Tingo, Ecuador, for youngsters from poor backgrounds.

In a bid to fund the centre he is set to test his legs to the limit by trekking from Frinton to Wembley Stadium.

He said: “The idea came to me on the back of the World Cup. With all the excitement at the moment, trekking in my Ecuador shirt with Wembley as the destination seemed fitting.

“The more I think about it the more daunting it becomes, but I’ll just try to keep my mind on the cause and how important it is to raise the money.

“It’s early days and there’s a long way to go but I hope people will get behind me. I hope it’s just crazy enough to raise awareness and get some support."

He will set off from Frinton on July 21.

People can support Dave’s efforts online at http://www.justgiving.com/Hand-in-Hand-Dave-Mano.

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