After a sponsored 58.3 mile walk from Brecon to Cardiff by Jared Barry, £315 was recently raised to help SNAP Cymru’s work and support for families. After hearing of an ex-army friend who completed the trail in 17hrs 20minutes Jared, who is a passionate walker, decided to undertake the challenge of completing it in a faster time and started his walk on the 13th June 2014. The Taff Trail goes through historical routes following former tramways, railways and canals and presently used canal towpaths, with views of Pen y fan and wildlife such as owls and herrings.

Despite the physical and emotional challenges Jared faced on the way he drew both strength and inspiration from his children to push on and knew they were depending on him.

The father from Caerphilly also undertook the event as an act of appreciation for receiving past support from SNAP Crmyu for his 13 year old autistic son. This included advocating on the family’s behalf in an annual statement review process through their independent About Me service, sending a volunteer to attend meetings and providing follow-up support. SNAP’s advocates’ help to ensure that children and young people are aware of what is happening to them, their voices are heard and when necessary, are involved any decisions which directly affect them. Recently SNAP Crmyu also provided advice to help contact relevant agencies who could council their son in year 9, after he experienced serious bullying. Jared also realised that it wouldn’t be a bad way to assist in controlling his own diabetes.

Another key motivation was a desire to see the positive impact of a local charity, who like many others, face increasing pressure on their services, continue to benefit others in similar situations. After successfully completing the the walk Jared realised how important it is to have a friend in times of need. As such, this story perfectly illustrates how invaluable this support is so that families can make informed and accurate decisions which empower themselves and their children.