Partnership raises over £1,500 for Velindre

A partnership between Pennant Walters and local Aberdare football team, Gadlys Rovers Juniors, has raised over £1,500 for cancer centre, Velindre.

On May 28th this year the two came together in a sponsored walk up Pen-y-Fan with funds raised going directly to Velindre, the Hospital of Hope, which is the Walters Group’s chosen charity for 2020/21.

The relationship was kickstarted last year after Pennant Walters answered a plea from Gadlys Rovers Juniors under 12 team, which was looking for a headline sponsor for the youth side. Providing money, the team was kitted out with training gear for its 19 players and three coaches and the relationship has gone from strength to strength.

Gadlys Rovers Juniors under 12 coach, Alun Bevan, explains:

“We were thrilled when Pennant Walters offered assistance and became our headline sponsor. The money meant that our under 12’s all had brand new training gear to start the season, which proudly displays the company logo. The Pen-y-Fan climb was the final event of our ‘May Challenge’ which has seen us walking the equivalent distance of the combined ascents and descents of five British mountain peaks – Ben Nevis, Scarfel Pike, Snowdon, Cadyr Idris and Pen-y-Fan, totalling 1852.6 kilometres. We’re all excited about completing the challenge, whilst raising funds for such a worthy organisation.”

The team, which included Gadlys Rovers Juniors players, coaches and family members, as well as Walters Group and Pennant Walters colleagues, all joined together to conquer the highest mountain in southern Britain.

Pennant Walters Operations Manager, Harry Llewellyn, added: “We are pleased that our sponsorship of the youth side has allowed us to develop a relationship that will now benefit our chosen charity, Velindre. We are all excited about the adventure up Pen-y-Fan and want to thank everyone for their support. The money will go directly to Velindre, ensuring the best possible support is offered to every patient, their families and carers dealing with cancer.”

The sponsorship of Gadlys Rovers Juniors is linked to Pennant Walters’ 9 turbine 22MW Mynydd Bwllfa windfarm near Aberdare in Rhondda Cynon Taf, which became operational in summer 2015.