A 23 year old student from Penarth aims to raise thousands for Marie Curie in a charity hike around the Grand Canyon.

Aidan Singh, who was born and raised in Penarth, hopes to raise £3,800 for Marie Curie in a five day charity trek around the Grand Canyon, Arizona.

The money raised will be used by the charity to support palliative care for terminally ill patients.

Mr Singh was educated at Stanwell Secondary School.

Now he studies Marketing at London South Bank University. He said:

"I'm due to graduate this summer and the trek is in September. I feel the timing couldn’t be better as I start my adult life.

"I really learnt in detail about the charity when my friend did one of the Marie Curie treks. As a marketing student, I loved the whole concept of it, they offer you a challenging once in a life time experience, and you raise thousands in return. It benefits everyone.

"As I have worked closer with the charity, I have a better understanding of the amount of money it costs for certain things. For example, 9 hours of nursing support in someone’s home at night costs £180. This was alarming to me and motivates me to raise as much as I can.

"Losing my Grandad and Uncle in recent years has brought home to you the importance of palliative care and I really want to do my bit to help.

"In terms of fundraising, I have done some car boot sales with my family, and hope to do more in the summer.

" We are also looking for places to set up a cake sale stall because my mum is a top baker.

"My family and friends have really been supportive in fundraising so far, particularly my mum and auntie."

Mr Singh will cover over 37 miles in the five day trek, which will take him to iconic sites such as the Zion National Park and Canaan Mountain.

So far, he has raised £1,063.

To give a donation, visit Mr Singh's Just Giving page at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/aidan-singh