Let’s give a huge shout-out to our friends at the Trefonen Hill Walk weekend for their generous donation of £3,000 to Ethos as part of their Jubilee weekend fundraising events. That, together with the Team Ethos sponsorship of £350 for the ten mile hill walk, will be used to make a real difference to our clients and help put them firmly on their own path to
independence. Thank you!
It’s not often that you can combine a spectacular day out with raising funds for a cause close to your heart, writes Ethos trustee and director Janet Jones.
But the Trefonen Hill Walk weekend gave me the chance to tackle a ten mile hill walk through heart-achingly gorgeous countryside, in the company of some of my favourite people, and we raised £350 for Ethos at the same time.
This year the good folk who organise the Trefonen Hill Walk Weekend had nominated Ethos as one of their charities.
The walk has been running since 1991 and was this year held over the Jubilee holiday weekend. It featured a whole host of glorious community activities over four days with something for every age and ability.
Part of that was the Across the Cynllaith hill walk following a circular route with 16 mile and 10 mile options from Trefonen over the Welsh border hills to Llansilin.
As the instigator of Team Ethos and not as fit as some of my walking companions, I opted for the ten mile route which left out the highest of the hills, Gyrn Moelfre.
I was joined by four good friends to complete the walk – the fabulous Ruth Martin of Martin & Jones Marketing, yarn gurus Teri and Becca of Oswestry wool shop Ewe and Ply and long-standing walking pal, Jan Wheat. Helping to get us organised on the day was fellow Ethos trustee, Malcolm Kirk.
We made an early start joining throngs of other walkers at Trefonen Village Hall to register and to be sent on our way with good luck wishes. Our lunchtime destination was Llansiliin Village Hall but that was the other side of our first hill, Mynydd Myfyr.
We climbed steadily out of Trefonen along rural lanes, tracks and footpaths, meeting other walkers on the way and getting glimpses of the rolling hills and peaks that awaited us.
The weather was kind to us – dry and warm but not too hot – and we reached the trig point at the top of Mynydd Myfyr before heading down into the valley, crossing the England/Wales border and the River Cynllaith and arriving in Llansilin for a welcome break.
By this time our more energetic colleagues, Teri and Becca, were well ahead and in fact finished the walk two hours ahead of us. But our remaining trio steadily made our way around the route tackling the final hill of The Moelydd to be rewarded with the most spectacular views stretching from the Horseshoe Pass to the Cheshire plain and the south Shropshire hills.
The entire experience was unforgettable: the mix of stunning landscape, sun-dappled lanes and paths, good company and the friendly walkers and marshalls en route made it a day to treasure.
So it’s a huge thank you to the Trefonen Hill Walk Weekend organisers for making it possible with their hordes of happy volunteers. And a big shout-out of thanks for those family and friends who sponsored us and helped raise funds for Ethos.
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