On one of the hottest days of the year so far, the FUW set off to tackle 870 miles as a team of staff and members took on theWalkWales Challenge to boost funds for the FUW President’s charity fund.
Every year FUW staff and members join together and organise an event that brings them together and helps raise money for the President’s charity – this year for the Farming Community network (FCn) and the Alzheimer’s Society Cymru.
50 walkers, with representatives from each of the union’s 11 county branches and Aberystwyth headquarters, set off on the coastal path, taking different routes around Aberystwyth and ending the challenge at the FUW head office at Penrhyncoch for a pig roast on Friday June 21.
“I’m so proud of the team for going the extra mile to boost the fund,” said FUW President Glyn Roberts, who also took part in the walk. “It was a very hot day and they did a fantastic job as always. In our places of work we’ve faced some pretty low-points in the last few years.
“Bovine TB, price volatility and uncertainty about our future post-Brexit, this all puts a strain on
our resolve and will have many feeling stressed and under immense pressure which is why we continue to keep the spotlight on mental health and raising money for these great charities,” he added.
now the FUW has raised more than £32,000 across Wales, which will be presented to the Farming Community network and the Alzheimer’s Society at the national Eisteddfod in August.
“I’m really happy with the event, collectively the team have over 600 miles under their belts. It was tough, hot and there were a few sore feet at the end of the day – but it was worth it,” said organiser FUW policy officer Charlotte Priddy.
“Funds are still coming in and the money goes to two great charities. A big thank you to all of the team and Rhosyn Farm
produce for the fantastic pulled pork rolls to finish off the day,” she added.
Thousands of pounds have already been raised and the WalkWales Challenge fund will be open until the end of July.
To contribute you can contact the county offices or online at www.fuw.org.uk/giving