Fundraisers go the distance for charity

Fundraisers at Brains are over halfway to their £10,000 target for Velindre Cancer Centre.

Last weekend, a team from Brains raised more than £2,000 during a sponsored walk, taking the total amount raised to over £7,000.

Peter Wilson, Sally Davis, Kieran Mott, Keith Thorne, and Vicky Merrills walked for two days from the Greenhouse pub in Cwmbran, to the Old Inn in Swansea – a distance of 60 miles. Velindre Cancer Support has supported the manager of the Old Inn, Mark Newbold, through more than 20 years of treatment since his first diagnosis with cancer.

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In May, Mark collapsed while on duty in the Old Inn, and was rushed to casualty. Doctors realised he had developed cancer for the third time, and the tumour taken from his abdomen, was a stone in weight.

Because of his latest fight, Mark, who has completed 17 marathons all over the world, has had to abandon a planned 390km bike ride across California. His former area manager, Martin Tranter, has agreed to take part in the challenge on his behalf.

The fundraising campaign for Velindre has been met with outstanding support from local communities around Brains pubs in the South Wales region, with everyone working hard to raise as much money as they can to reach the £10,000 target.

The group set off at 8 o’clock on Friday morning from the Brains owned Greenhouse pub in Cwmbran before eventually reaching the halfway point in Aberdare, where they spent the night for some well deserved sleep.

After a brief rest, the refreshed ramblers set off on Saturday morning towards the daunting Heads of the Valleys road, before eventually arriving at the Old Inn. They were welcomed with a reception party at the pub and Mark rewarded the exhausted team with pints of V&B, the new Brains beers brewed specially in support of the cancer charity.

Team member Keiran Mott said, "The hardest part was the last seven miles into Aberdare on Friday evening - a long, flat, road that seemed it would never end. But thankfully we were closely followed by Mark in a support vehicle providing the much needed supplies and plenty of encouragement. We’re really grateful to Real Radio for their assistance in encouraging passersby to make donations to the five lunatics on the road, in green Velindre t-shirts".

Another fundraising team from Brains will climb the stairs of Swansea's 28-storey Meridian Tower in September 88 times — the height of Mount Everest. While fifty pence of V&B will also go towards the Velindre Centre.

Mark was overwhelmed at the support and participation shown towards this latest fundraising effort, "It’s an amazing personal achievement for everyone involved, to get past the pain barriers and continue waking for such a long distance is spectacular.

"Ian Gough came along to support the team and was meant to walk the last five miles of the trek into Penllegaer, but they were too quick on Saturday after not stopping for a break and arrived before he could even lace up his walking boots.

"I can't get over how locals in the pub, staff at Velindre Cancer Centre, and people at Brains, have supported my fight. It's something I will always appreciate", he said.

There’s a lot of fundraising for Velindre going on across the pub estate. All donations are greatly appreciated on out just giving page.