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A Swansea University student has raised almost £550 for Welsh children’s hospice, Ty Hafan, with a little help from her course mates.
Angharad Hughes donned her pyjamas, cape and flashing headband and set off from Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium for the “super hero” themed Ty Hafan Midnight Sleep Walk, along with course mates Gemma Hale and Robyn Leary.
Angharad, who is in the first year of her Children’s Nursing course at Swansea University’s College of Human and Health Sciences, said: “Once midnight struck we were off on a 6 mile walk around Cardiff. It was a very wet day but thankfully the rain stopped when we were walking. We completed the walk in just over an hour and we all felt a great sense of achievement that we had done it so quickly - all that power walking back and forth to university had paid off.”
To boost their fundraising efforts, Angharad, Gemma and Robyn set up a cake stall at Swansea University, selling homemade cakes in return for donations. They also persuaded JC’s, the student bar, to put a collection bucket on the bar.
Angharad was inspired to raise money for Ty Hafan in memory of family friend, Liam Burchell. Liam, who sadly passed away three years ago at the age of 19, suffered from life limiting condition Muscular Dystrophy and was a regular visitor to Ty Hafan.
She said: “I wanted to raise money for Ty-Hafan because of Liam. It meant so much to him and his family. Through knowing what extraordinary work Ty-Hafan does I thought it would be a lovely thing to do with my fellow nursing students, not just as a good team bonding experience but to raise awareness about Ty-Hafan.”
She added: “I’m so grateful to all my nursing friends and staff for their support and I’m proud that we have done this for Ty-Hafan. In fact, we’re already making plans to take part in next year’s Midnight Sleep Walk. Hopefully we can make it an annual thing!”
Child lecturer at the College of Human and Health Sciences, Zac Maunder, supported Angharad and friends with their fundraising. She said: “The group really pulled together to raise funds and have shown fantastic team work throughout. On behalf of the whole children’s nursing team, I’d like to say how very proud we are of them for demonstrating their compassion and commitment to children’s nursing.”
Picture: Left to right - Robyn Leary, Captain Jack Sparrow, Gemma Hale and Angharad Hughes.
- Friday 24 May 2013 18.01 BST
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