A Pwllheli dad has used his skills as a steel bender to break 18 steel bending world records in aid of three important charities.

Reuben Hughes, who is currently number one in his sport, has raised £2,150 for the Wales Air Ambulance, Alaw Ward at Ysbyty Gwynedd and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, by breaking 18 out of 20 records attempts for the ‘World of Grip’ world records. 

The stone mason has received support from the World of Grip in his attempt to break the world records, which he started in December and finished on 1 March. The World of Grip is a group that organises steel bending competitions and follows world records.

Reuben said: “I managed to get 18 world records out of 20 attempts with the “World of grip” world records, which I am very happy with. I had some trouble getting the right steel/padding etc with the Guinness World Record attempts and ended up only having the steel for two record attempts. Unfortunately, I narrowly missed out on both of them, but I have been invited to take part next year as well.”

Reuben raised £750 for the Wales Air Ambulance, £500 for Alaw Ward at Ysbyty Gwynedd and £900 for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

Speaking of the reasons why he picked the three charities, Rueben, said: “I chose the charities because my family has been involved with all three in the past. My daughter has scoliosis, which is a curvature of the spine. She has an operation at Alder Hey at the end of this month. 

“There’s almost no-one around here who hasn’t come into contact with the air ambulance or Alaw Ward.”

Alwyn Jones, Wales Air Ambulance Community Fundraiser, said: “A huge thank you to Reuben for raising funds for three important charities. Most people would’ve found it hard to do what he was doing, without adding 20 world records to the mix. Reuben did an excellent job, and he should be extremely proud of the 18 records he successfully broke. Thank you, Rueben, for your support, the funds will help our helicopters continue to fly 24/7.”

You can show your support to Reuben by making a donation to the Wales Air Ambulance Charity via his Just Giving page Reuben Hughes - The steel shredding dragon world records attempts.