Hawarden man preparing to face heat of desert

Published date: 22 January 2014 |
Published by: Owen Evans 
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A soldier will take on one of the toughest challenges of his life when he walks 100 miles in searing desert heat.

Nathan Delves, from Hawarden, is trekking across the Sahara Desert in a bid to raise thousands of pounds for children’s charity Variety.

The charity provides wheelchairs and minibuses for disabled and sick youngsters.

Nathan, 40, hopes to raise more than £2,000 through the epic challenge in March.

Nathan said: “I’m really looking forward to the challenge and I haven’t really done anything like this before.

“My target is £2,000, but I would like to get even more. So far I have raised about £1,100, but I have until the end of the month to raise the rest.”

Nathan said the challenge was organised through his employers, Veolia Environment, where he works as an innovations recycling manager.

He said: “Every year or so we get behind a charity – last year it was Mind but this year it is Variety.

“They ask for volunteers to help the charity and we have volunteered to do a sponsored 100km walk over six days.

“I think the distance is not too bad but it’s the combination of the heat and the sand that is – it’s difficult to go over sand.”

Nathan, a former pupil of Elfed High School, Buckley, said he had done some charity events in the past, but nothing as gruelling as this.

“The last time we did the three peaks and that was a different challenge and it’s more sleep deprivement than fitness,” he said.

He also took part in a one- day 18-mile walk over the Clwydian Range for charity.

Nathan said his experience in the army in the 1990s would help him with the harsh African conditions.

He said: “I used to be in the forces so I have been to the Gulf before so I’m used to the conditions. Before we go, we can’t train to be in the heat so all I’m doing is going to the gym and keeping fit.”

Nathan served for eight years with the Royal Engineers as a combat engineer in UK, Germany, Northern Ireland during the troubles and Bosnia. He left the Army in 1997 but got called up to serve in the 2003 Gulf War, and is still a reservist.

His 12-year-old daughter Mollie also saved up a month’s pocket money, donating it to her dad's fundraising efforts.

The charity helps sick, disabled or disadvantaged children with help getting equipment such as wheelchairs, or for days out and facilities.

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