Ryan to run five marathon desert challenge

A dedicated counsellor is about to set off on an arduous 140 mile desert run to raise funds for those in need of emotional support.

Ryan Davis, a voluntary counsellor at Marriotts School in Stevenage, will set off on Wednesday on the Gobi Challenge in Mongolia where he will run 26 miles a day in temperatures above 120 degrees while carrying a 10kg backpack.

The 28-year-old who works as a health support worker at the Cygnet Hospital in Stevenage hopes the six day ultra event will raise �10,000 for charity Developing Counselling in Schools and the Community (DCSC).

“I feel very strongly that as one of the charity’s counsellors I should step up to this challenge,” “I was supported through my four years of counselling training by members of DCSC, including its founder Maddy Ratcliffe, and I would not have made it without their advice, support and care.

“Many young people, families, teachers and members of the wider community could benefit from the support that DCSC has to offer, so by raising more money and awareness more people will be able to receive help and support in trying times.”

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Generous pubs, companies and individuals have helped Ryan raise over �5,000 already. To help him reach his target go to www.justgiving.com/ryandavis

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