[15:28] Sarah Steer

Alun Michael

DofE Wales - The Gower Walk

I’m fundraising for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

The Duke of Edinburgh Award means a lot to me which is why I am taking part in the Gower Walk on Sept 9th – please will you help me ?

  • As a professional youth worker I saw how engagement with the D of E helps young people to grow and develop.

  • But it’s personal too :  In 1960  as a 17 year-old I became the first person in Wales to complete the Gold Award which was both a great experience and something I am very proud of to this day! 

  • And as Minister for Volunteering and the Voluntary Sector (I was also Minister of State for Policing and Criminal Justice) I was delighted to be asked to give the keynote address for the Award’s 40th Anniversary Conference in Belfast in 1999.

So that’s why as Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales I’m very excited to announce that the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is now going to be at the heart of our offer to the young people who join the South Wales Police Youth Volunteers.

It’s why I’m answering the call to action by Alun Wyn Jones -  Alun’s’ rallying call - by putting my best foot forward to meet the challenge of the 22-mile Gower Walk on Sept 9th

This generation of young people face unprecedented challenges and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a brilliant way to help them rise to those challenges – and for myself I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my 80th birthday this month than walking for such a good cause along the coast path on the Gower.   The 22 miles from Rhossili to Mumbles is a tough test but in May I completed the Bala Challenge (20 miles in the hills around Llyn Bala) so I should be able to make it!

But aside from meeting a personal physical challenge, there is an opportunity for people to give money to support this fantastic cause so that more young people can be given the opportunity of joining this life-changing scheme.

So I shall be very grateful if you can support me and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme by sponsoring me.

Diolch yn fawr !

Thank you to my Sponsors


Alun Michael


Jenny Gilmer


Adrian Oliver

Well done, Alun. I am sure at least part of it would have been enjoyable !!!


Rg Thomas


Paul Mee


Pam Kelly

Happy Birthday- what a lovely way to celebrate!! Enjoy the walk!


Lee Jones

Good Luck


Chris Jennings

great effort in a great cause. As a fellow 'alumnus' of DoE this resonated a lot Alun.


Asim Hafeez

Good luck Alun !



Congratulations Alun. As someone who benefitted from the Duke of Edinburgh Award as a child, I'm sure the money raised will help many young people achieve great things.




Martyn Stone

Rather you than me! Good luck :) Martyn


Tina Donnelly

Excellent cause happy birthday too !


Hugh Bryant


Jeff Andrews

Very best of luck Alun - great cause !!


Jeremy Mark Vaughan


Lynda Thorne


Naomi Alleyne

Happy birthday Alun and i hope you enjoy the walk for a great cause.


Peter King

Congratulations and well done! Personally, I can think of more restful Birthday treats but, I admire your vitality and may even be jealous!


Nicola Davies

Penblwydd Hapus Alun! What a great thing to do! Well done!


Jason Davies

Best of Luck Alun - a great cause and inspiring participation at such a significant milestone birthday - penblwydd hapus!


Jemma Chambers


Louise Forman

What a way to celebrate your birthday! I have no doubt you will be chatting for all 22 miles whereas most of us would be gasping for breath! Good luck!


Paula Bills

22 miles from Rhossili to Mumbles is a tough test - but I am 100?rtain that you will do it!


Leah Lewis


Joanne Hopkins

Best of luck, Alun. I am sure you will race over the line.


Hannah Jenkins-jones

Happy 80th Birthday Alun! What a great way to honour this milestone. I wish you well on your walk for a great cause :)


Paul Morris

All the best for the walk Alun - a great cause. Pob lwc!!


Michelle Cooper

Well done :)


Clive Richards

A brilliant cause and fantastic event. A special achievement to commemorate your birthday. A very happy birthday to you!


Clive Richards

A great achievement for an important cause. Well done to you Alun on this special birthday win!


Michaela Rogers

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