Loonies are putting fun into fundraising
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