A FIVE-year-old disabled girl launched a charity challenge which will see a Buckley builder travel the the length of the UK in a digger.
Evie Davies, of Treuddyn, cut the ribbon at the event which saw members of the community turn out to wish Esmor Davies luck with his 2,000-mile charity trek in a JCB.
Evie, formerly of Buckley, has West syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy, and has also been diagnosed with cortical visual impairment (CVI) which is caused by a brain problem rather than an eye problem and it is not clear exactly how much she can see.
Mr Davies’ digger marathon will raise money for charities who work with people with visual impairments or blindness.
Evie’s dad, David Davies, 39, said Esmor is known to the family as ‘Uncle Esmor’ as he has regularly supported Evie and her family.
“Esmor has been very good to us,” he said.
“The event was very enjoyable.”
Mr Davies organised Friday’s event in his home town ahead of the journey, which will see him travel from John O’Groats to Land’s End in the JCB.
The event was attended by schoolchildren who provided entertainment, as well as community leaders and Alyn and Deeside politicians Carl Sargeant AM and Mark Tami MP.
Mr Davies set off for Llangollen, Gobowen and Newport, where he will meet more blind people before moving on to the Royal Welsh Show in Builth Wells to garner more support.
Mr Davies said he was very excited about finally getting the charity challenge under way this week. “I will be so glad to start it,” he said.
“There are so many things that we will be doing on the journey.
“It is very important to me to raise money for the cause and we are trying to raise as much as possible.”
He will be setting off on his 2,320 mile journey on Saturday and plans to finish on September 1.
Anyone who would would like to support the cause can visit justgiving.com/esmorsjcbmarathon to make a donation.