Mayoral pair from Buckley raise charity funds with walking challenge

Reporter:

Owen Evans

A town’s mayor and mayoress have raised a mountain of cash for charity after completing a gruelling walking challenge.

Mayor of Buckley, Andy Williams and his wife Wendy, walked 150 miles from Buckley to the top of Snowdon and back again to help raise money for the National Autistic Society.

The pair, who completed the walk on Saturday after a week, have so far managed to raise about £1,500 for the cause.

Cllr Williams said: “It was tough and the last day was the toughest because all of the other days you have got another 20 miles to do on the following day but we knew that once we had finished it was done.

“On the day we went up Snowdon, it was very low visibility and when we got to the top there was actually a bit of sleet and snow.

“As we were going up people were coming down saying we would not be able to make it but we knew this was the day we were going to have to do it and we got there.”

Cllr Williams added that he and his wife would be doing another challenge in the future to help raise funds for the society.

He said: “The charity is one that I have supported throughout my mayoral year.

“The private hire company that my wife owns takes autistic children to school in Denbigh, so we know these children and are passionate about the charity.”

As part of the pair’s ongoing charity efforts, they also regularly take young carers on day trips to areas within the county.

Cllr Williams is on the lookout for any additional volunteers who wish to give up their time to help with the activities. Anyone interested can contact Buckley Town Council.

l To donate to the Williams’ walking challenge, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Andrew-Williams85

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