Just like the Welsh national anthem says’: “Old land of the mountains, paradise of the poets, every valley, every cliff a beauty guards” and if you’re familiar with the Welsh countryside you can’t say fairer than that.
On the 4th June, five of our colleagues will take to the hills to raise money for two charities; Noah’s Ark Appeal (for the Children’s Hospital of Wales) and The CATS Foundation (Cure & Action for Tay-Sachs).This year, with fire in their bellies, and Gortex on their feet the staff undertaking the challenge are; Brad Watson, Alisha Edwards, Adam Gauci, Martin Jones & Steve Davey.
Considered the ultimate Welsh test, the team will climb Snowdon in the North,Cadair Idris in mid-Wales, and Pen y Fan in the South. In total the challenge involves hiking over 20 miles, ascending over 9,000ft all within the 15 hour time limit.
Both of the charities are particularly close to Alisha, Head of New Business & Brad, Head of Marketing;
Alisha said: “My son (Logan) was born in February 2011. During the pregnancy I was advised that he had Gastroschisis. If you’re not familiar with the condition it is a birth defect of the abdominal wall leading to the child’s intestines protruding outside of their body, through a hole beside the belly button. When Logan was born, due to his condition, he required immediate surgery and came under the care of the N.I.C.U. in the Heath hospital. It was around this time that we all became beneficiaries of their wonderful care. The support which Noah’s Ark provided to us as a family through this difficult time was incredible; I struggle to imagine how we’d have coped if not for the care provided by them and N.I.C.U.”
Brad’s son Archie also spent time being cared for by Noah’s Ark and his family were supported by the CATS Foundation when he was diagnosed with Tay Sachs Disease. The charities were able to provide equipment, offer invaluable advice and arrange days out for the family. Archie was diagnosed with the disease at 15 months but sadly passed away 14 months later in 2013. The charity of which Brad is now a family ambassador, still continue to provide support to Brad’s family.
Brad said: “Our aim is to raise over £3,000 by June. We have also arranged a fundraising evening in May at Penallta rugby club and are looking for local businesses to provide donations for raffles. There will be a live band and DJ on the evening too and all are welcome!”To donate, please visit: https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/caqw3p