East Harling man on charity mission following loss of daughter

Elgan Hallett of East Harling
Elgan Hallett of East Harling

A south Norfolk man aiming to conquer five gruelling physical challenges within one month says it is as much about building a positive outlook following a personal tragedy as it is supporting a charity.

Elgan Hallett, 35, originally from Wales and now living in East Harling, is preparing to take on his self-devised ‘555 Challenge’, comprised of endurance events taking place over five weeks between May 3-31, in aid of children’s foundation Action Medical Research.

Mr Hallet lost his second daughter Seren last July after she was born prematurely.

He told the Diss Express: “I felt I needed to do something to get a positive reaction out of myself.

“When I set out it was just a personal mission. Doing it for Action Medical Research is really the icing on the cake.”

The challenges include the Grand East Anglia 10km Run in Kings Lynn, the Suffolk Sunrise 100 bike ride, the Ipswich Insane Terrain obstacle course, the Tilting at Windmills bike ride in Cambridgeshire, and finally the Culford Triathlon.

Mr Hallett, who works at energy technology supplier JDR Cables, said the main influence behind this endeavour was ex-Wales rugby international Richard Park’s expedition to climb seven mountains in seven months.

“It was really quite inspirational. He managed to come out of his own depressions,” Mr Hallett said.

“I signed up for the one event and then it sort of snowballed from there. The money started rolling in, but I wanted to justify all the money people were donating and make it more challenging. This is where the other events came in.”

He also praised the “absolutely brilliant” support he had been given by family, friends and work colleagues for his efforts, and said he was trying to fit in training for the events wherever he could.

At the time of going to press, the ‘555 Challenge’ has received £325, including a £45 Government Gift Aid pledge, via its online donations page.

Mr Hallet added: “Not a lot of people know about premature birth rates and the kind of damage that it does. I had never really thought about it until it happened to us.

“It’s a difficult bridge to cross, so all we can do is get the message out there.”

Anyone interested in backing the ‘555 Challenge’ can visit www.action.org.uk/tribute/serenhallett

For more information about Action Medical Research, see www.action.org.uk