Loonies are putting fun into fundrais­ing

North Wales Weekly News - - POLITICS/ OPINIONS - BY JEZ HEM­MING jez.hem­ming@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

ABAND of char­ity fundrais­ers awarded two char­i­ties a share of £12,000 as they bid to put the “fun” into fundrais­ing.

Lon Las Loonies do­nated £6,000 each to Ava’s Walk­ing Wish and this year’s nom­i­nated char­ity Blind Vet­er­ans af­ter their sum­mer ball at the Nant Hall Ho­tel.

They do­nated the cheque to Ava’s par­ents Todd Evans and Joanne In­skip at the Nant Hall, whose own­ers do­nated the room and food for the Loonies’ event.

But the fundrais­ing doesn’tesn t stop for the mad­cap band of cy­clingy­cling en­thu­si­asts, as they plan na a ride of more than 350 miles es to Sheffield Blind Vet­er­ans s on June 25.

“This year we are aim­ing to raise at least £10,000 for Blind Vet­er­ans,” said Loonies’ press of­fi­cer Richard Grif­fiths.

“The lads are from all over North Wales and we are do­ing a 350-mile ride e to Blind Vet­er­ans Sh­effieldld and back, tak­ing in Snowow­do­nia and the Peak Dis­trict,strict, be­fore fin­ish­ing at the Blindnd Veter Vet­er­ans’ Gar­den Party in Llan­dudno next Sun­day af­ter­noon.”

Twenty riders will be aim­ing to raise £500 each for the cause.

Formed over a pint in De­cem­ber 20 2012 by Do­minic Sen­ger and Guy Ban­croft, Lon Las Loonies has since raised morem than £50,000 for good caus­escause across North Wales. “It’s a great way of giv­ing some­thing back to oth­ers as well as get­ting fit and mak­ing great life long friends,” said chair­man Do­minic on the char­ity’s web­site.

The latest bash at Nant Hall saw 450 peo­ple at­tend their Sum­mer Ball.

Richard, 41, is pre­par­ing for his sec­ond year of a BA Hon­ours in broad­cast­ing, jour­nal­ism and media com­mu­ni­ca­tions, and is only too happy to give his time and ex­per­tise.

“I sup­pose it’s the op­por­tu­nity to use what skills I have got in a char­i­ta­ble way,” he said.

“I can learn along the way and give them some free ad­vice.

“It’s my way of help­ing with a char­i­ta­ble cause and it’s just a case of try­ing to get as much pub­lic­ity as pos­si­ble.”

To make a do­na­tion to the Llan­dudno to Sheffield ride in aid of Blind Vet­er­ans, visit just­giv­ing.com/Lon­LasLoonies.

More de­tails at lon­lasloonies.org

Joanne In­skipp, hold­ing Ava, and Todd Evans, hold­ing Ava’s sis­ter Char­lotte, with the cheque for £6,000 do­nated to the Ava’s Walk­ing Wish char­ity. Inset, Richard Grif­fiths

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