Sportsmen’s stadium trek raises a ‘staggering’ amount for charity

By Aaron Kendall   |   Assistant Editor   |
Friday 25th November 2016 11:30 am
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A stadium walk by four fit young sportsmen has resulted in a massive donation to charity.

To raise money for charity, postman Richard Gwyther decided on the ‘bus man’s holiday,’ to walk from Swansea’s Liberty Stadium, to Turf Moor, Burnley.

Richard’s dad, popular local character Basil Gwyther, has been diagnosed with a terminal cancer, which requires Macmillan support, home care.

The walk was put in place to help fund the charity. Richard, along with Andrew Evans, Dave Bristow and Craig Nelson, took up the challenge. All four are supporters of Swansea City and decided to walk to the first game of the season, setting out six days before the game and walking 230 miles to Turf Moor, Burnley, arriving in time for the kick-off.

Hard work before the event, finding sponsors, donations, mapping out country roads to travel, then the gruelling walk, at an average of 40 miles per day, has been all worthwhile for the team, with a staggering, £12,705.01p raised for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Basil and his family have been very moved by the help and support they have received over his health, along with everyone who helped with the massive amount raised for the charity.

Special thanks go to Station Garage (Hyundai) Kilgetty, for the use of the back-up vehicle and fuel; Linda Gwyther, who donated the first aid kit and many blister plasters; Steve Scanlon for giving his time to keep the boys mobile; Duane Rossiter, Lucas Gamble, Rhonda and Brian for all their support; Scaffold 2000 (main sponsor) for the use of high viz vests; Pete, the Sign Box, Templeton, for donating all of the signs for the van and the banner.

Thanks also to Kingsmoor Sports and Social Club for hosting the charity night, including ‘Brave the Shave’ - well done to Dave Flynn, Josh Bevan, Tom James, Mike Beynon, Gaffer, Richard, Andrew and Dave, who all had their heads shaved, and to Gina Gwyther the only girl to have her head shaved; also to Olga and Helen who did the head shaves.

Very special thanks to Brian and Louise, Andrew Jenkins, of Narberth, for the disco, Nicky Hurst and Micky Marsh for cooking all of the food, very kindly donated by Andrew Rees and Son, of Narberth.

Thanks also to all businesses who donated many prizes for the draw on charity night, also to everyone for their kind donations and sponsorship, thereby helping Richard and the boys on their achievement and raising a very fine total for Macmillan Cancer Support. Many thanks to everybody for being so generous.

Finally, thanks to all T-shirt sponsors: main sponsor - Scaffold 2000; Thomas Scourfield Quarry, Carew; Kingsmoor Sports Club; Station Garage Hyundai, Kilgetty; K. P. Thomas and Son; Totally Welsh Milk; Jazz Sweet Shop, Tenby; Andrew Rees and Son, Narberth; Watkins Bakery, Begelly; Three Mariners, Tenby; RAOB Club, Kilgetty; Chris Taxis; Pentlepoir Car Sales; White Horse Inn; Bumper to Bumper (KMF); Kilgetty Pharmacy; Bridge Stores, Kilgetty, Crossroads Garage; Pembrokeshire Scaffolding; Park Road Fish and Chip Shop; Four Seasons; Kilgetty AFC; PFS Properties; Cleddau Insurance Services; Kilgetty Cricket Club.

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