25th April 2018
We're behind Daniel Weston, who's entering the Special Olympics again in 2019
In 2015 we supported our own trainee chef Daniel Weston in his bid to compete in the 2015 Special Olympics in Los Angeles.
He went on to win a bronze medal in cycling for Great Britain. A very big achievement and everyone at The Barnstaple Hotel was immensely proud to have played just a tiny part in what he accomplished.
Daniel is autistic and as most will know, autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people. It also affects how people make sense of the world around them.
But this has never stopped Daniel. As well as being a wonderful person he has graduated to commis chef here at the hotel, working around his commitments to the sport of cycling.
He has also carried the Olympic Torch during the London 2012 Olympic games, met David Cameron, competed in many national and international sporting events and continues to be a shining light in the sport of cycling.
Now, please join us in sponsoring Daniel to get him to the Abu Dhabi Special Olympics in 2019.
The Special Olympics World Games are held every four years, the world's largest sports organisation for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. But, unlike the Olympics and the Paralympics, the Special Olympics are not funded by the government or through sporting grants.
Meaning the participants must fund themselves, paying for training, equipment, travel and every element of taking part.
Fundraising for Abu Dhabi
In order to fund his training plus entering the Abu Dhabi Special Olympics, Daniel will do a sponsored two-mile fundraising swim at the North Devon Leisure Centre.
Then he will be supporting the Special Olympics North Devon community group with their fundraising efforts, who are planning a live music evening at Barnstaple Football Club on 7th July. The money raised will be shared between Daniel and another North Devon athlete also selected for the World Games.
At the time of writing this, we have been informed that Daniel has already raised almost £2000, making him over half way towards his total. Well done Daniel.
Of course, here at The Barnstaple Hotel, our Director, Mr Juston Brend, has led the support with a donation on the behalf of the company.
But anyone can get involved. If you'd like to support Daniel you may do so here through his Fundraising page....
Keep an eye for more details about Daniel and his efforts as and when we have them.
Read the full story about Daniel through the Brend Hotel Group website, which has some more details...