30 mile walk raises £3,000 for Sparkle Appeal

Employees from Admiral’s Newport office have raised £3,000 for the Sparkle Appeal by completing a 30 mile walk in 12 hours, from the office in Newport to Admiral’s headquarters in Cardiff.

The group of 22 staff members set out from Admiral’s office in Langstone Business Park at 6am arriving at Capital Tower in Cardiff City Centre at 6pm.

Rather than take the direct route between the offices, the group’s journey took them across the Celtic Manor Golf course to Caerleon, along a cycle path, canal path and field to Sparkle’s children’s centre Serennu in Rogerstone, cross country over Caerphilly Mountain, down to Tonygwynlais and along the Taff Trail to Cardiff city centre.

Paul Longley from Admiral’s Claims Liability department in Newport said, “Admiral Newport has been raising money for the Sparkle Appeal since the office opened in October 2008 and we wanted to do something fun and challenging to raise more money for the centre.

“And a challenge it was! The adverse weather conditions made it twice as hard, as it was wet, uncomfortable and very slippery underfoot, but it really brought us all together as a team. “

The group of walkers were helped in planning the route by a staff member’s father who is an active member of a local ramblers association and were supported by five extra team members in cars who met the walkers at pre-arranged rendezvous points to restock water and food supplies.

Paul continued, “It was a lot harder than I’d anticipated, after all it was only walking and I’ve been doing that for almost 40 years! However, despite most people threatening to burn their walking boots on Saturday evening, once we’d all wrung out our clothes and covered up our blisters, most of us were even talking about what we can do next!

“Everybody felt a real sense of achievement and knowing we raised a healthy sum for such a worthwhile cause as Sparkle makes the whole 12 hours of walking more than worthwhile.”

The Sparkle Appeal raises money for Serennu, a children’s centre which provide state of the art treatment and assessment facilities, information, and leisure activities for over a thousand children with complex and special needs in South Gwent.