Army veteran Daniel MacNeil was about to reach the furthest point north-west of a three-year charity walk, heading into Ness this afternoon (Sunday 24 October) after a roller-coaster introduction to wild west weather.
Dan is still determinedly eating up the miles on his walk around the entire UK coastline to raise funds for SSAFA, the armed forces welfare charity which supported him through some dark times.
The former Royal Artillery gunner has taken time during his walk to draw attention to the plight of those who struggle to return to civilian life – as he did when a sudden onset illness forced him to leave the army.
On his JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/danwalksuk Dan said: “Since returning to civilian life it has been tough for me dealing with chronic pain, depression and anxiety.
“SSAFA came and helped with my bills and lifted a weight off my shoulders and I can’t thank them enough for everything they have done.”
Last week Dan was in Harris, receiving a heart-warming welcome from islanders who fed, sheltered and supported him with donations.
This week it’s the turn of the Leòdhasachs, and Dan has continued to smile his way through gales, driving rain and some seriously beautiful sunshine, enjoying new friendships and the dramatic land, sea and skyscapes of the islands.
Yesterday (Saturday) Dan said: “Today was a bit blowy. The amount of people that stopped to chat must have been surprised by the massive grin on my face.
“Even though it’s been 50mph wind and sideways rain I really enjoyed myself – I absolutely love it!”
Dan’s been live-streaming from his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/danwalksuk, where he mentioned that he’d like to try some guga, and earlier this week he announced a fundraising milestone when his Justgiving page topped £5,000 – halfway to his target sum of £10,000.
The picture shows Dan with supporters he met.