Colleagues take on month-long challenge for two important causes Colleagues from Clynderwen CCF Limited set themselves a month-long challenge to virtually tour the 19 CCF branches across Wales, whilst raising £10,000 for charity. The company wide fundraising challenge saw participants aim to complete the 435 miles loop by either walking, running, or cycling to get the miles. The incredible £10,000 was raised, in aid of the Wales Air Ambulance and DPJ Foundation, after the company clocked off 1875 miles during the challenge. Assistant Trading Manages, Elen Griffiths, from Ferryside, who organised the fundraiser and came up with the idea after getting into running last year. She was keen to use her new hobby as way to raise money but also to get her colleagues involved. She ran a total of 100 miles in May and set herself an extra personal challenge to run a metric marathon of 26.2KM at the end of the month as part of the fundraiser, which she completed in time of 2 hours and 35 minutes in Llanelli. Elen was supported by her colleague James Lamb. Her colleague Will Hughes also did the metric marathon around Elan Valley in a time of 2 hours and 30 minutes. Trading Manager Richard Lewis, from Haverfordwest, has been cycling for many years and used the fundraiser as an opportunity to get back into cycling, whilst raising funds for two charities. He cycled the most with a total of 321miles. Project Manager, James Lamb, from Llanddarog, took on the challenge alongside his dog Beau and managed to walk the most with a total of 164 miles. Elen said: “We chose to split the money between Wales Air Ambulance and DPJ Foundation because it’s such a great charity although personally I’m fortunate that I have not had to rely on the Wales Air Ambulance, I know of many stories where they have saved lives and need continued support from the public to carry on doing their brilliant work. “I had £10,000 fundraising target in mind from the beginning but knew it wouldn’t be easy but with the help of my colleagues we managed it. I would also like to thank all the suppliers and individuals who donated to our raffle and for everyone who supported us through sponsoring and buying the raffle tickets.” The Wales Air Ambulance Charity emergency service offers advanced critical care and is often described as a ‘Flying ED’. The on-board consultants and critical care practitioners are highly skilled and carry some of the most pioneering medical equipment in the world. They can deliver blood transfusions, administer anaesthesia, and undertake emergency operations at the scene of the incident, before flying the patient directly to specialist care. Wales Air Ambulance’s Campaigns Manager, Katie Macro said: “A huge congratulations to everyone from Clynderwen CCF, who set themselves a tough challenge to virtually visit all its bases in just one month. They incredibly managed to clock off a fantastic 1875 miles whilst raising vital funds for our charity and DPJ Foundation. £10,000 is a terrific amount for any company to raise and everyone should be extremely proud of themselves. Donations, like this one, will enable our helicopters to continue to fly and to keep our rapid response vehicles on the road. You’re all helping save lives across Wales, thank you so much.” CCF is a farmer owned co-operative trading across Wales and the borders, providing a complete range of farming and country dweller products. CCF is a rural based company and realise the importance of these charities and though was important to support. There are several ways that the public can continue to support the Wales Air Ambulance. These include online donations, signing up to the Charity’s Lifesaving Lottery or by coming up with their own innovative ways to fundraise at home. Further information can be found via www.walesairambulance.com. Alternatively, a £5 text-message donation can be made by texting the word HELI to 70711.