Paddleboarding charity challenge raises over £2700 for local hospice

Hospice Patron Tudur Owen accompanied by seven fellow paddleboarding enthusiasts, took to the waters of North Wales to raise funds for St David’s Hospice.

The team’s initial challenge was to paddleboard the notorious Menai Straits from Felinheli to Menai Bridge on Saturday 15th May, but unfortunately due to the unfavourable weather in the days leading up to the challenge, plan ‘B’ was put into place.

Undeterred by the forecast and ready for the challenge, the group took to Llanberis’ Llyn Padarn instead. Led by local water sports company Pellennig, they paddled four miles nonstop, starting at Gilfach Ddu paddling to Brynrefail bridge before returning on the opposite side, taking in the lagoons and covering all four corners of the lake. After enjoying the paddleboarding day, the group decided to try again with the original challenge of navigating the Menai Straits and successfully completed it a week later.

Talking about his challenge, Hospice Patron Tudur Owen said,

“My paddleboard challenge proved to be a bit tougher than we had anticipated. But our intrepid group, having battled very windy conditions on Llyn Padarn, finally navigated Y Fenai to complete the task. A huge thanks to all the paddlers, safety staff (Pellennig Cymru) and of course our sponsors. Diolch yn fawr iawn!”

Through kind sponsorship from friends and family, the group raised £2771 (including gift-aid) which will go directly to St David’s Hospice, a charity providing end-of-life care, free of charge to adults of Northwest Wales.

Keri McKie, St David’s Hospice Gwynedd and Anglesey Area Fundraiser said,

“This was a unique challenge put together by Hospice Patron Tudur Owen. A fantastic opportunity to combine two of the counties we serve, raising funds as well as awareness of the work of St David’s Hospice across Northwest Wales.

“It was hugely disappointing that weather prevented the challenge initially taking place, however this has resulted in the group taking on not one but two incredible challenges.

“I would like to say a special thanks to all at Pellennig. They generously donated their time and support in the run-up to the event and provided free expertise and equipment on the day – Thank you.”

St David’s Hospice relies heavily on monies raised through events such as the paddleboard challenge. The local charity needs to raise over £6 million a year and receives a small percentage from the Welsh Government and the Local health board. If you would like to find out about supporting your local adult Hospice go to




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