Community members & staff are swapping their steel toe caps for trainers as they take to the streets and pound the paths this September whilst raising money for Ty Hafan Hospice in Cardiff.
During the biggest steel crisis in recent memory, the welsh community stood strong alongside the trade union Community in its campaign to save the industry and steelmaking in the UK. As a way of saying ‘thank you’ to those who supported them, the aforementioned group will be walking from TATA steel in Port Talbot to Ty Hafan hospice in Cardiff on the 23rd and 24th of September.
The walk is being organised and undertaken by members and staff of the steelworkers union, who have been extremely appreciative of the people of Wales for all that they did during the campaign. “When TATA Steel put its UK business up for sale, the lives of the 15,000 workforce and tens of thousands more in the supply chain, was turned upside down.” Said Barrie Evans, Community rep for TATA Steel and one of the main organisers of the event. “The ripples were felt throughout local communities and none more so than in Port Talbot. Peoples livelihoods were in serious jeopardy. The number of stress related illness rocketed, domestic abuse levels rose as proud men failed to cope with the prospect of not being able to provide for their families.
“The support from the people of Wales and especially the local community during that time was powerful and unrelenting. When the going got tough, they stood with us.
“Ty Hafan as a hospice, needs £11,000 per day to run and gets no government funding. As fathers, we hope none of our children would ever need to call on their services but if we did, they would be there for any Welsh child with a life limiting condition.”
The walk will see the brave participants face quite the challenge as they walk the near forty miles. Along the route, they will be joined by celebrities, sports stars, and fellow Community members.
Rebecca Chick, Corporate Partnership Manager, Ty Hafan said:
“The Made of Steel walk is such an admirable challenge to undertake. I think we can all resonate with how strongly the news of TATA Steel being up for sale affected the area and for the men to now want to ensure that they give something back to the community is truly touching. Ty Hafan prides itself on being there for families in Wales however long they need us – at home, in hospital, at school and of course at the hospice in Sully. So the synergy between the Community Union Steel Workers and Ty Hafan for this
charity walk was just right as we feel that our core values are very much aligned.”
The event has gained support from the likes of Swansea City Football Club, Ospreys Rugby, Aberavon RFC, Ebbw Vale RFC, Glamorgan Cricket and Scarlets Rugby. Some of whom will be joining the walkers along part of the route as well as joining them in a celebratory dinner at Blanco’s Hotel in Port Talbot on Friday 6th October. The evening will be to celebrate everyones efforts and consist of a cheque presentation to Ty Hafan on the night. The night itself will be a formal dinner, with auction and entertainment, hosted by Kev Johns MBE.
The event is still accepting monetary contributions to support the day to day running of Ty Hafan, you can donate by clicking here.
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