Dave Welton

Dave WeltonI met Tonya 25 years ago when she was an exchange student in my home country of Wales. We kept in touch sporadically, and I recently met up with her while she was attending a Duchenne conference in London. It was a delight to see her and be reminded again of her warmth, kindness, energy and immense sense of humor. Having known what Tonya has gone through and the challenges the family has faced since our college days in Wales, it was an absolute honor to be asked if I would be interested in filming the Everest to End Duchenne Trek. Without hesitation I said yes.

About me: My background is in nature conservation. However, 10 years ago I followed my passion of filming wildlife and started producing films for environmental organizations. One of my early projects took me to Nepal, working in partnership with environmental education organizations to produce a wildlife conservation film. I now produce all sorts of films for the corporate market, including outdoor sports, education, agriculture, sustainability, heritage films and so on. At home, my wife Pip and I live on a smallholding in West Wales with our 2 children. We love the outdoors and make the most of this beautiful part of the world. Having said that, we also travel and this will be my fifth visit to Nepal. I have both filmed and trekked in this wonderful country. The last time I visited, we took our young family trekking in the Annapurnas. Over and above being a filmmaker and avid outdoors person, it is a great privilege to be part of this inspirational team and to help make a valuable contribution to help Gus and all boys with DMD to lead happy, normal lives.