Cheese workers prepare to walk the Great Wall

St David’s Hospice

Six co-workers at a Llangefni cheese firm are preparing to walk the Great Wall of China.

The group from Glanbia Cheese will take on a week-long trek next May along one of the world’s most prestigious manmade monuments – as part of a fundraising challenge in aid of Anglesey’s first hospice.

They’ll also help to rebuild some of the wall as part of a restoration project.

One of the team, Martin Parsons, encouraged his colleagues to join fundraising efforts last year after his wife, Beverley, died at the hospice in Llandudno.

He said: ”Staff at Glanbia found themselves joining in various hospice fundraising events, both in memory of my wife, Bev, and to ensure that others would be able to receive the same level of care.

”I personally signed up for the event as I wanted to take on something that would take me out of my comfort zone that would also allow me to ‘give something back’ to St David’s Hospice.”

He’ll be joined on the adventure by Tracey Wright, Margaret Stibbards, Rachel Threadkell and husband & wife Nia and Neil Humphreys.

The team have also organised a number of warm-up events to encourage sponsorship, including a golf day at Henllys Hall on 22nd September and a pizza night at Dylan’s restaurant in Menai Bridge on 3rd October.

Tracey Wright said: ”The community are always happy to support local charities…whoever said people don’t care? They do in my fundraising experience.”

Work is continuing on St David Hospice’s new satellite centre  in Holyhead – a four-bed inpatient unit at Ysbyty Penrhos Stanley. The charity says the project is currently going through the NHS procurement process, to ensure the highest standard of care will be available.

For more information about Team Glanbia’s fundraising efforts, and to donate, visit their JustGiving page.

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