A team of fifteen shop workers from Cardiff found an adventurous way to raise funds for a charity close to their hearts, when they took to the saddle for a sponsored pony ride in the Black Mountains of the Brecon Beacons.
The courageous crew covered over 60 miles in total to mark the 60th anniversary of the British Heart Foundation, whose research saves lives across Wales.
Tesco Community Champion Clare Ollin, from Llanishen, was joined by friends and colleagues from the city’s Tesco Extra store, setting off from Capel y Fin near Abergavenny and trekking with The Grange Pony Trekking Centre.
The group raised over £2,300 which will support the BHF’s life saving research. Clare said, “We decided to set up this fundraiser to help celebrate the British Heart Foundation’s 60th Birthday as It is one of the core 3 charities that Tesco support and also a charity that is close to many of our hearts.
“Due to the loss of close family that a few individuals from the group had suffered we decided it was time to help fundraise to really get behind helping the British Heart Foundation raise funds and awareness.
“To make things a little more challenging, the group was made up of mixed abilities from those who are total beginners that have never ridden before to those who are more experienced riders.”
Clare paid tribute to the team who supporter the riders, adding, “Sarah Griffiths who led our trek was amazing and took such good care of us all on the ride.”
The team added to their fundraising total by running a tombola, Wear Red to Work days, held a raffle and sold some British Heart Foundation merchandise.