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Unsung Hero Dylan’s lemon charity treat


DYLAN ALLMAN is a young man on a mission.


650 MILLION people don’t have access to safe water. Without this basic service, they have no choice but to drink dirty water that could kill them.


Can you imagine life without safe water to drink? For millions of peo- ple it’s a daily reality.


And Dylan Allman, who has been fundraising for charity since the age of 3, is determined to do some- thing about it.


Last year Dylan raised £1000 by writing and selling his own recipe book for the Wallace and Gromit’s children’s charity.


Now aged 8½, this year Dylan de- cided to back Water Aid, by doing something a little different


So, on Monday August 17, Dylan set up and ran the ‘Llangwm Lem- on Café’ at Llangwm Village Hall.


We sent our reporter and crack cake fan Mark Evans into the wilds of Llangwm to find out precisely what was going on.


Arriving at the appropriately yel- low-painted Village Hall, Mark was instantly assailed by the scent of citrus and sugar. Rubbing his hands together, Mark ventured inside and decided to risk a cake or seven. The evening before, Dylan told Mark he was up late making 6 litres of home-made lemonade, baking lemon cakes and cupcakes. On sale on the day were also ice cream and sweets. Dylan told us: “I have


While confirming that his lemon- ade was his best seller on a sultry Monday morning, Dylan told us about why he had decided to set up a café. “I enjoy baking. My mum taught me how to make things in the kitchen and I started writing down recipes. I put all my favourite recipes in a book – Fifty Cracking Recipes - and published it last year to raise money for the Wallace and Gromit Children’s Charity.”


Since 2003, Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity has given over £2 million in grants to 291 projects in 93 different hospitals and hospices, providing life-saving medical equipment, free family accommo- dation, a range of arts, music and play therapy programmes, sensory equipment and facilities and res- pite care


Dylan told us: “The Wallace and Gromit Charity are really special because they help children who are poorly in hospitals and hospices across the UK. You can read about


a lemon café because I really like the flavour of lemons. Everything on sale had lemon in it and I would really like to thank Upton Farm for their support.”


their work at www.wallaceand- gromitfoundation.org I have been supporting them since I was three years old by doing things like hav- ing a tea party, doing a 5 mile bike ride when I was 4, and running a lemonade stand.”


Wiping the crumbs away from his mouth, our reporter asked Dylan which cakes had been the most popular. “Lemon cupcakes” he answered. Our reporter eyed up some of the other cakes on offer and decided to make a dent in those as well.


But first he remembered to ask what had motivated Dylan to choose Water Aid this year. Dylan told us: “I chose WaterAid because I couldn’t believe how many families across the world can’t get clean water but we take it for granted here, and it doesn’t seem right. People don’t have clean water and I thought it was a good idea to help them out.


“Just £2 a month can help stop children dying from drinking dirty water. They also need help to get things like taps and toilets put in to villages too so I hope I can help with that.”


He has set up (via me) his own Just- Giving page for anyone who wants to support him but who couldn’t come on the day https://www.just- giving.com/DylansLemonCafe


While Dylan has already met his fundraising target, The Herald urges its readers to put their hands in their pockets and support a very special child’s efforts for a truly great global cause.


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