There’s a real sense of community wherever you go in North Wales, whether it be from one of the smaller villages to landmarks like Llandudno. It’s this exact kind of spirit that one OAP named Margaret Brewer from Llanfairfechan was channelling.
Even the best of us would struggle to run a mile without breaking a sweat so imagine covering that same distance whilst wearing a surgical boot! That’s exactly what the 77 year old has done in an effort to raise fund for St David’s Hospice in Llandudno.
Margaret was one of the entrants in the fun run, held at the same time as the Conwy Half Marathon, to be involved with Cartrefi Conwy and after needing to undergo an operation on her leg, she was not to be deterred by her condition and soldiered on throughout the course with special apparatus on her foot.
“I didn’t actually run it but I did walk the whole way,” she said. “I had to take my time but managed it with the help of others. It was actually quite good fun.
“I thought raising funds for St David’s Hospice was an important thing to do and I am glad I took part. I personally raised £114 so I’m very pleased.”
Other competitors in the event also put their spin on the fun run with many opting for fancy dress, including Older Persons Co-ordinator for Cartrefi Conwy, Nerys Velhuizen who said: “The Fun Run is part of what we do to encourage our tenants to be healthy and active.
“As a reward for being the sheltered housing scheme that collected the most money for St David’s Hospice, Margaret and her fellow tenants at Bryn Castell are being rewarded with a slap-up Spring buffet lunch courtesy of Cartrefi Conwy.
“The health and well-being of our tenants is one of the themes of my role as Older Persons Co-ordinator.
“I’m also involved in supporting older people to identify and enhance their skills and highlight the importance of how getting involved helps shape our policies and how Cartrefi Conwy operates.”
All in all, the event raised £650 for the important charity.