The Walters team are delighted to have raised over £30,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust Cymru. We initially set a target of £20,000 but are thrilled to announce that following a year of fundraising activities we smashed our intended target and by doing so have raised vital funds for young teenage cancer patients in Wales.
A huge contribution to the money raised was from our ‘sponsored low loaders’ who, carrying a ‘Proud to Support Teenage Cancer Trust’ logo, travelled over 140,000 miles in the year raising an amazing amount of just over £14,000 in the process.
The Walters team ran a full calendar of fundraising events and initiatives throughout the year to raise as much money as possible for the teenage cancer charity. Our employees cycled, ran and even took part in a Smarties Tube Challenge to raise these much needed funds and undertook a number of various sponsored events which included:
- A 130 mile cycle ride from Birmingham to Cardiff by a 20 person team of Walters staff and clients which raised over £10,000
- 19 entrants into the 2017 Cardiff Half Marathon (everyone finished!) raising over £4,000
- Chepstow inflatable obstacle run
- Newport Marathon and 10k
- Christmas jumper day
- Smarties Tube Challenge
- The annual ‘Walters Golf Day’ at Whitchurch Golf Club in Cardiff
Teenage Cancer Trust Cymru exists to ensure that no young person faces cancer alone. The Trust does this by providing world-class age appropriate care and support in their specialist unit in Cardiff. On average in Wales 137 young people hear the devastating news of a cancer diagnosis. The Trust is there at every stage, from diagnosis, during treatment and after treatment.
Colin Chambers, Walters Managing Director told us : “We have had an amazing year working with the Teenage Cancer Trust and are over the moon with the money we have raised. It”s been a fantastic year of fundraising and our team have put their all into every event”
Debbie Jones Teenage Cancer Trust Fundraising Manager, South Wales said, “It”s been such a pleasure to support the team at Walters this year with their fundraising efforts in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust. Their initial fundraising target of £20,000 is a life changing amount of money which could be used to help fund one of our specialist nurses for more than 667 hours of care for a young person with cancer.
Over the past year, everyone at Walters raised funds that will help young people with cancer in Wales access the emotional, psychological and social support they need, at a time and in a way, that works for their unique needs. As young people come to terms with a diagnosis, navigate traumatic treatment and adjust to life after treatment has finished, they often need specialist support to retain a sense of normality.
The fact that they”ve smashed this and raised £30,000 is incredible and testament to all the hard work they have put in over the past twelve months, along with the support of colleagues, suppliers and their families. Walters gift of £30,000 towards our work in Wales will be crucial in supporting these young people and their families through diagnosis, treatment and beyond.
The determination and dedication of the whole team has been incredible and something that we”re very grateful for. This money will go towards desperately needed services for local young people with cancer. Thank you everyone so much for helping us to make cancer treatment less traumatic and disruptive for young people and their families.”
Sarah Llewellyn, Walters Group Director commented, “We elected the Teenage Cancer Trust as our nominated charity as we felt they really go the extra mile for teenagers in Wales as they struggle with cancer. We are extremely proud to have been able to raise so much money to help make a difference to a young person”s life whether they are from Llandudno, Carmarthen or Cardiff and that it will help the Trust take a step closer to reaching every young person with cancer no matter where they live across Wales. “