Four members of staff from Robinsons Brewery have taken part in a historic charity walk – Walk on Wales (WOW) – to raise funds for ex-servicemen.
Led by Managing Director (Pub Division) William Robinson on 19th September, the team, which included Director of Retail Operations Dave Harrison, Chief Financial Officer Stuart Taylor, and Business Development Manager John Hughes, walked 15 miles in the fifth stage of the course between Plasyn Rhiw and Abersoch.
William said: “We sponsored the fifth stage of the Walk but thought it would be important to take part in it too. The Walk is a fantastic way to raise money for soldiers and families who have been affected by the devastating impact of active service. The whole experience was very humbling and inspiring.”
Organised by veteran Welsh Guards Jan Koops and David (Dai) Graham, the route stretches 870 miles across the Welsh coast and aims to raise £1 million for Combat Stress and The Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal, who provide support for any ex. servicemen who live in Wales.
Eleven relay teams are walking part of the course carrying a specially-commissioned silver baton inscribed with the rank, initials and surnames of the 50 Welsh Guards who have died during active service since the end of the Second World War. A small minority of participants will walk the entire route, including Jan.
Jan said: “Dai and I set this up to remember the people we’ve lost over the years, people we knew personally. Each day of the walk is dedicated to one of our fallen. I’m walking the whole course and have done 350 miles so far - it’s been a long slog and there is still a long way to go but I’ve really been inspired by some of my fellow walkers.”
“We’ve invited family members to walk with us and we’ve encouraged each other to keep going. Bruce Carlisle is 80 years old and walked with us for 18 miles in memory of his son Jim. He’s even come back to walk a few miles here and there, it’s incredible. Alison Elson is walking the whole 870 mile stretch in memory of her son too, it really is an inspiration. We have raised £185,000 so far and are optimistic of reaching our £1million target.”
Longstanding Robinsons’ pub licensee and ex-Welsh Guard Maldwyn Jones from the Bulkeley Arms in Anglesey walked 16 miles between Foel Farm and Y Garddfon, along the Menai Straits, on 13th September.
Maldwyn said: “I was given the great honour of carrying the commemorative baton for the second part of my leg. We raised over £1,000 in Gift Aid donations alone, which is absolutely fantastic. We have also been selling wristbands and have a collection box in the pub.”
William continued: “There is a real community factor about not only sponsoring this campaign but taking part in it and we’re delighted that so many of our pubs are getting behind it. I can’t speak highly enough of this great campaign.”
“Participants will pass a number of Robinsons’ pubs en route and I’m sure many will pop in to enjoy the hospitality, which is why we felt it was important to be involved.”
WALK ON WALES...870 MILES... 11 TEAMS... £1 MILLION.
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