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Anna Valley’s Dan Orchard takes on a half marathon for event industry charity, Meeting Needs.

Anna Valley’s Dan Orchard will be taking on the Royal Parks Half Marathon on October 14th in a bid to raise vital funds for national events charity, Meeting Needs.

Meeting Needs was founded by leading figures in the UK conference and events sectors to unite the meetings, incentive, conference and events industry in support of worthy and event-related projects.  In 2017, it reached £1 million in donations through various fundraising efforts.

Dan will be running alongside Jason Wilcock, executive committee member of Meeting Needs and chairman of event agency, Worldspan.

Jason says: “We are incredibly grateful to Dan and, indeed, to all our runners for their commitment to raising money for Meeting Needs.  We understand that Dan has been hitting the pavement hard and is well on track with his training plan.”

“As the events industry charity, we rely on the generosity and commitment of people like Dan, and we are always on the lookout for more fundraisers, charity partners and all those able to make gifts or donations to support fundraising initiatives, from within the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events industry (MICE),” he adds.

Fundraising Target

Dan, who is aiming to raise £500 for the charity, says: “Jason asked me to take part to raise money for Meeting Needs. I just couldn’t say no to such a worthwhile cause. They support approximately 30 projects every year, helping worthy causes in the UK and overseas. The Royal Parks Half Marathon is an important fundraising initiative for the charity.”

“This will be my fourth half marathon, I’ve been following a 12-week training plan and running about four times per week.  I’m hoping for a personal best, but it will all depend on the weather, as I don’t cope too well with running in the heat,” he adds.

If you’d like to support Dan, visit his fundraising page here

To find out more about Meeting Needs please visit;