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Conquering mountains for The School of Hope


I signed up for the Winter Fan Dance event in the Brecon Beacons as a way of getting fit! The Fan Dance gave me a goal and to be motivated to reach it, I wanted to support a charity to raise much needed funds.

Having previously raised money for Cancer Research and the Alzheimer’s Society, I wanted to raise money for a different charity this time. I work as an Environmental Health Officer and have a passion for improving health, so chose EFTC as they strive to make a difference to children’s health. Education for the Children was not a charity I was aware of, until I met Sandy Reid from Festaff who has spent time in Guatemala and supported EFTC for many years. His enthusiasm was infectious as I learned more about the health and social care projects carried out by EFTC in Jocotenango.

So on Sunday 5th of January, I took part in the Fan Dance. This is a gruelling 24km SAS selection course over Pen Y Fan, the highest mountain in the Brecon Beacons. The course is the world’s oldest Special Forces test and is used as the first major indicator of whether a candidate has the physical and mental aptitude to complete the legendary selection course.

The route is an absolute lung buster, that throws everything at you, carrying a full backpack, running/walking up and down mountains, with the rain and 50 mph winds battering you and temperatures that feel like minus five. It was extremely tough but the motivation to enable children living in poverty to have a brighter future drove me through. After nearly five hours of effort, and drenched to the bone, I completed the course and have raised almost £200 for EFTC.

I am proud to have completed the Fan Dance and raised the funds. It is such a great cause to support better chances for children living in poverty and I’d encourage all EFTC’s supporters to take up a challenge.


If you’ve been inspired to challenge yourself we’re looking for our supporters to raise funds in advance of World EFTC Day on 19 March. Whether it’s conquering mountains or baking a mountain of cakes we’d love to hear from you