Gavin and Stacey star Ifan Huw Dafydd is trekking hundreds of miles for charity in memory of his late nephew
An actor who starred in the hit BBC sitcom Gavin and Stacey is hiking hundreds of miles from France to Spain in memory of his nephew.
Ifan Huw Dafydd, who appears as Nessa’s father Neil Jenkins, is walking the 475 miles from southern France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain while raising money for Ty Hafan Children’s Hospice and the Jac Lewis Foundation.
The actor’s nephew Rhys Tom, who went by Twm, died aged just 31 shortly before he was due to run this year’s London Marathon for the same charity.
He said in remembering his nephew that his ‘smile, and the naughty twinkle in his eye, will stay with me forever.’
The television star, 69, is taking on the challenge to make sure his nephew’s promise to raise money for the hospice in memory of his childhood friend does not go unfulfilled.
Big task: Ifan Huw Dafydd (pictured rehearsing Trouble In Butetown in June) has embarked on a 475-mile trek in memory of his late nephew Rhys Tom
Star: The actor played Nessa’s father Neil Jenkins in BBC sitcom Gavin and Stacey
Mr Dafydd added: ‘You know I’ve never been a runner, but definitely not now and I’ll never run again. But I can still walk.’
Since fundraising began in July, the original target of £5,000 has been well beaten, with the revised goal of £10,000 almost met just days after he set off on August 17.
The trek usually takes about a month, so it is likely the goal will, once again, need increasing.
Mr Dafydd, who has also appeared in The Crown and Welsh soap Pobol y Cwm, told Sky News: ‘Every time the phone goes with an email from someone who has made a contribution, it gives a boost to the shoes.’
The route from St.Jean-Pied-de-Port is also known as the Camino Frances – the most popular Way of St James pilgrimage to the religious figure’s shrine in northeastern Spain.
The actor added that he has to wake up early to do the day’s stint as it becomes too hot later in the day.
‘By 12.30pm it’s insufferable,’ he said, ‘I don’t think you’d see a farmer from Ceredigion out in this weather, but to be honest I haven’t seen a Spanish farmer out either.’
Ty Hafan is using its share of the funds raised on refurbishments, essential to its work caring for children, while the Jac Lewis Foundation supports families bereaved by suicide.
Gone too soon: Mr Dafydd’s nephew Rhys Tom died aged 31, shortly before he was due to run the London Marathon for charity