29 October 2014
Principality employee’s 70 mile hike from Bangor to Chester for MS Society Cymru
A Principality Building Society employee is putting his best foot forward in the name of charity this week on a 70-mile branch-to-branch hike to raise money for the MS Society.
Andy Chadwick is leaving the Bangor branch of Wales’ largest building society on November 5th and will spend three days pounding the pavements for the cause, which is Principality’s Charity of the Year, before he reaches Chester on Friday November 7th.
In doing so the Rhyl resident, who works as a Regional Coach across North Wales for Principality, hopes to raise more than £1000 for the MS Society after he came up with the idea back in August.
Andy, aged 41, said: “I am always keen to raise money for our Charity of the Year and this year I thought I would do something a bit different. I’m not much of a walker though and haven’t really done a lot of hiking in my time – it’s going to hurt, put it that way!”
“Some of my colleagues have completed some great challenges so far this year in aid of MS Cymru, so I decided I needed to do something that would be a real test for me - the main challenge will be how my knees hold up as I have some old football injuries, but I’m determined to press on through the pain and the cold November weather.
Andy continued: “I am really pleased to be supporting such a worthwhile cause and would like to thank all the customers at both the Bangor and Chester Principality for their support so far. My overall aim is to raise around £1000 for this deserving charity and I would like to thank all those who have donated so far, and anyone else who is able to donate, for their support and encouragement.”
MS Society Cymru was voted as Principality’s Charity of the Year 2014 by staff at its Cardiff-based head office, 53 branches and 18 agencies across Wales and the borders.
Throughout the year Principality staff will be doing a range of fundraising activities for MS Society Cymru, the UK’s leading organisation providing specialist care, practical advice and support to everyone affected by MS.
Iestyn Evans, MS Society Cymru’s Fundraising Manager for Wales said: “Andy is quite literally going to great lengths to raise money for people affected by MS and he is a true reflection of the enthusiasm and commitment shown by Principality staff in supporting the MS Society.
“Help from Andy and all those kind enough to support his efforts will in turn help us to make leaps forward in funding MS Research and to continue offering vital support for the 4,000 people living with MS in Wales.”
Principality has a long history of significant fundraising for Welsh charities, last year bringing in more than £69,500 for British Heart Foundation (BHF) Cymru through a wide range of fundraising activities – from bike rides and bake sales to walks and bag packing.