St David’s Hospice: Couple put their best foot forward for local hospice care

BEST FOOT FORWARD: Stephen and Sam McElroy on the Offa Dyke Path

Stephen and Sam McElroy from Llandudno laced up their walking boots and put their best foot forward to help raise funds for St David’s Hospice.

Walking part of the Offa’s Dyke path along the English-Welsh border they completed a total of 67 miles on foot. Heading north from Welshpool, Powys to Bodfari in Denbighshire they walked the route in four days.

Stephen, 49, a sales director said: “The walk was very challenging and also very enjoyable. It was my wife Sam’s idea. We both do local walks around Betws and Llyn Elsi but nothing like this before.

“The biggest walk we’ve ever done is 6 miles, this was 17 miles a day. The scenic aspect was fantastic, we rarely saw anyone. It almost felt as if we were on our own.

“We’d definitely do it again, walking another part of the path and glad to help St David’s Hospice with the fantastic care they provide in the community.”

The walk was in aid of St David’s Hospice, a local charity providing free care and support to people across the counties of Conwy, Gwynedd and Anglesey who are affected by life-limiting illnesses.

CHECKING THEIR ROUTE: Sam McElroy on the Offa Dyke Path

Annually it costs over £6million to run St David’s Hospice and only a small percentage is received from the Welsh Government and Local Health Board. Over 90% of our income is generated through community fundraising such as Stephen and Sam’s sponsored walk.

The couple raised £751.25 through their sponsorship page, for more information click here.

James Wilde, Conwy area fundraiser congratulated Stephen and Sam on their achievement: “Well done to Stephen and Sam, it sounds like a really challenging walk and one to be extremely proud of completing.

“The pictures look great and I’d like to thank both for their fundraising which will be a big support to both patients and their families at St David’s Hospice.”

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Walkers tackle the highest peaks in Wales for local Hospice

THREE PEAKS: The group on Cadair Idris

A group of eight walkers took on three of the highest mountains in Wales to raise funds for their local hospice.

On Saturday, September 3, the group led by Anelu Aim Higher set off to conquer the Welsh Three Peaks: a brand new walking event for St David’s Hospice. The Welsh Three Peaks Challenge is made up of three of the highest and most iconic mountains in Wales: Snowdon, Cadair Idris and Pen y Fan.

Traditionally, walkers would start with Snowdon as it is the highest peak and arguably the most difficult ascent, they would then make their way to Cadair Idris before finishing at Pen y Fan. However, this challenge saw the route being reversed, where they were able to complete the challenge on home turf, at the top of Snowdon.

Starting their ascent to Pen y Fan at 3.30am, the walkers climbed up through the thick fog in total darkness to reach the summit. They then traveled to Dolgellau where the rain failed to dampen anyone’s spirits and they were rewarded with spectacular views from the top of Cadair Idris.

The final challenge saw the group make their way up the PYG track where the breath-taking views were sadly interrupted as they approached the summit by the fast-approaching clouds. Thankfully on the descent, the group was able to appreciate the views for a final time as the challenge came to an end and they approached Llanberis.

St David’s Hospice supporter Elen Elias told us what the challenge meant to her: “I took part in the Welsh Three Peaks challenge because I think the world of the hospice. The way they help and serve so many people is truly inspiring. Personally, they cared for my father in the last week of his life, as well as looking after us as a family.

CHARITY WALK: The group on Pen y Fan

“The Welsh 3 peaks was a challenge, but a lovely group of people and 2 great guides made it a fun day!”

Keri McKie, Gwynedd and Anglesey area fundraiser said: “The Welsh 3 Peaks was a huge success, with such an inspiring group of participants, taking on each mountain like it was their first. Despite the mixed weather conditions faced throughout the day they made excellent time; I’ve never seen a group walk down Snowdon so quickly! It was a pleasure to join these participants and hear what St David’s Hospice means to them all.

“Thank you once again to Anelu Aim Higher.”

St David’s Hospice is a local charity, caring for local people, delivering specialist care to adult patients with life-limiting illnesses or those in need of end-of-life care and their families. All care and services provided are completely free to all.

For further information about St David’s Hospice click here or call 01492 879058.

Submitted by Marie Lidgett from St David’s Hospice, Llandudno.


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