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Intrepid trio's trek to honour Mostyn teenager's memory

Published date: 06 March 2014 |
Published by: Jamie Nield-Siddall 
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A TEENAGER who died after being knocked off his bicycle is to be remembered 10 years after the tragedy.

Dale Warding, 15, from Mostyn, was killed on the A548 Coast Road near Talacre.

A decade on his brother, Jake Warding, 24, and two friends Josh Parry and Jordan Jones, both also 24, will attempt the gruelling 890km Camino de Santiago trail through northern Spain and France.

The trio, who will have to give up their jobs to take part in the 32-day trek, will set off on April 27.

Jake will quit his job as a builder, along with Josh who is a windfarm technician, and Jordan who is a graphic designer, to raise money in Dale’s memory.

Every year since the Holywell High School pupil’s death, family and friends have gathered to walk the Dale Way – a specially created route through woodland, open fields and country lanes, including Coed y Garth in Ffynnongroyw – where Dale spent many happy hours walking his dog, Tigger.

Money raised will be donated to the Woodland Trust, an organisation for which Dale did voluntary work.

Jake said they wanted “to take on something bigger” to highlight the 10th anniversary of Dale’s death.

“Every year we get family and friends together to do a memorial walk, just to show we haven’t forgotten about him and that he’s in our hearts, and a big part of our lives.

“But 10 years on, we wanted to take on something bigger.

“Dale loved to be outdoors with his dog.

“He was keen to protect wildlife and spent hours in the woods watching foxes and badgers.

“When he passed, we raised money for the Woodland Trust, so we wanted to do that again this year.”

Jake added: “The three of us are having to give up our jobs to undertake this challenge and every penny raised through this sponsorship will go to the Woodland Trust.”

Jake is also appealing to any companies who would like to support their challenge, by donating a lightweight three man tent.

Jerry Langford, Wales director of the Woodland Trust said: “I’d like to thank Jake, Josh and Jordan for undertaking such a huge challenge in support of the trust.

“It’s a truly fitting and meaningful way to remember Dale, as someone for who the outdoors and woodland clearly meant so much.

“The money they raise will be really valuable to us.”

To support the trio’s challenge visit justgiving. com/thedaleway or visit their Facebook page ‘The Dale Way 2014’.

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