07 November 2016

AWP's sporting heroes

AWP's sporting herosKind-hearted staff from North Somerset are busy raising money for worthwhile causes by cycling up mountains and challenging the police on the football field.

Jon Williams, modern matron at the Long Fox Unit in Weston-Super-Mare will be tackling a grueling 3000 feet cycle ride up Mount Snowdon on 11November and the North Somerset Primary Care Liaison Service recently took on a police football team at Banwell FC.

Welshman Jon is a keen cyclist who commutes to and from work every day on his bike. It was suggested that his enthusiasm for cycling could be used to raise money for charity, so where better to go for a ride than up Mount Snowdon? Jon considered many charities before choosing 1 in 4 People, a mental health charity based in Weston-Super-Mare and Clevedon. 1 in 4 People provide counselling, holistic therapies, advocacy, drop in sessions, support groups and activity groups.

Friends Dean Kenny and Stuart Burgess will accompany Jon on this mammoth trip, with the trio now training hard to prepare for the difficult mountain terrain.

Jon said: "I will be sporting a comedy moustache over the coming weeks to help draw attention to myself to raise awareness and funds for the charity."

You can donate direct through the 1 in 4 People website using secure payment or by contacting Jon on 07780 633 96 before the end of November.

Meanwhile, staff raised over £1,000 towards Gracie's Appeal, set up to help fund a life changing operation for 6 year old Gracie from Weston-Super-Mare who has cerebral palsy.

Gracie, the granddaughter of mental health worker Julie Thorne, requires an expensive operation not available on the NHS, followed by two years of intense physiotherapy in the hope that she will then be able to walk independently.

Kieron Corrigan North Somerset Primary Care Liaison Service team leader said: "When we approached Banwell FC for use of a pitch, they took it on and made a day of it. They lent us kit and provided food with profits going to the charity."

The AWP team was well matched throughout and although the police led 3-1, deep into the second half AWP came back with two late goals. Everyone agreed that a three all draw was a fair result.

You can find out more information about Gracie's Appeal and make a donation here.

Thank you to everyone who has supported these worthy causes.

 

 

 

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