TV host Dan’s focused on Mastermind challenge

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TELEVISION presenter Dan Walker has been putting his brain to the test for charity.

The Football Focus presenter, who lives in Sheffield, has taken part in Celebrity Mastermind to raise cash for city charity TASTE.

The Sheffield University graduate, who has moved back to the city following BBC Sport’s relocation from London to Salford, is patron of the charity, which provides clean drinking water for rural communities in Central Nigeria.

Dan, who lives with his wife Sarah and three children in Hunters Bar, said: “I’m always up for a challenge and this gave me an opportunity to help TASTE at the same time.

“It costs about £3,000 to provide clean water to a needy community, so I was delighted to be able to make a contribution towards their next project.”

Ben Udejiofo, Sheffield-based founder of TASTE, which is based in Nursery Street, said: “One of the villages we helped last year had to dig into the river bank to collect dirty drinking water.

“Dan contributing his TV fee will help us to help another community who are suffering similar deprivation. This will also help us to raise our profile in the city. Many people have heard of WaterAid, but few have heard about TASTE and we probably need financial support far more than WaterAid.”

The charity is benefiting from Dan’s appearance fee from the show, while there is also £1,000 prize money up for grabs as the 34-year-old goes up against Paralympic champion Sarah Storey, specialist subject the TV series Sex and the City, Radio 1 DJ Nihal Arthanayake – chosen subject former England manager Glenn Hoddle – and financial expert Martin Lewis, whose specialist subject was the Superman Films.

Dan, a history graduate, chose the 1605 gunpowder plot, the subject of his dissertation, as his specialist topic on the show.

But viewers will have to wait until Sunday to see how he fared, as he is sworn to secrecy.

Dan said: “I’m not allowed to say how I got on, but I can confirm that it was a very high-scoring game.”

n Celebrity Mastermind is on BBC1 on Sunday at 5.35pm.