Jones Bros team raises more than £6,000 for children’s charity12th Oct 2021

Staff at a leading North Wales civil engineering company have raised more than £6,000 for a children’s hospice by undertaking a 32km virtual sponsored walk.

Logging a combined distance of 847.8km and gathering donations of £6,630, 23 staff at Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK took part in the Inca Trail Challenge for Hope House and Tŷ Gobaith.

In total, 81 people participated, with individuals walking the distance of the trail which leads travellers to the world heritage site of Machu Picchu in Peru.

Hope House and Tŷ Gobaith Children’s Hospices provide specialist nursing care and support to more than 750 children, alongside their families, who live in Shropshire, Cheshire, North and Mid Wales.

Lynne Williams, marketing manager at Jones Bros, who walked 38.5km as part of the challenge, said: “Tŷ Gobaith and Hope House carry out such important work in supporting children and their families in unimaginable circumstances, all of us at Jones Bros were only too happy to be able to help.

“With an app to track everyone’s progress, there was also a bit of healthy competition, and some impressive distances on the final leader board.

“Special congratulations must go to contracts manager Eryl Evans, who was able to raise £1,221.75 with gift aid, so as the top fundraiser, has been given a picture drawn by one of the children.

“We’d like to thank everyone who took part for their time, and all the people who donated to support such a worthy cause as well.”

The Ruthin-headquartered civil engineering firm also sponsored the event overall, which raised a total of £10,281.

According to the charity, three local families a week face the pain of their child dying. They currently raise more than £6.5 million every year, which enables them to help one in every three of those families.

Sarah Ritchie, fundraising team leader for Tŷ Gobaith and Hope House, said: “We are hugely grateful to the team at Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK for so generously supporting our virtual Inca Trail event and raising vital funds so that we can continue to be there for those that need us the most.

“Without support from local businesses, and without people taking on amazing challenges like this, we simply wouldn’t be able to ensure our mission that no one should face the death of a child alone.”

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