Posted: Fri 28th Aug 2020

Schoolboy marks 8th birthday by walking up Moel Famau 8 times for a lifesaving helicopter charity

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Friday, Aug 28th, 2020

An eight-year-old schoolboy has marked his birthday by walking up Moel Famau eight times for a lifesaving helicopter charity.

Kind-hearted Trystan Evans, from Ruthin, hoped to raise £100 for the Wales Air Ambulance and exceeded that target by raising £510.

He set himself the challenge to walk the highest hill within Clwydian Range each day in the week leading to his birthday and completed his final walk on his birthday.

Trystan was joined on the walks by his sisters Illiana and Steffi and their friends Olivia and Lily Thompson. His parents Tim and Maria and other friends, including Natalie Beach, also took part in the fundraiser.

His proud mother, Maria, said: “The kids have been walking every day. It’s been hot and humid, but they were adamant they’d complete the challenge.

The idea came about after we had been to Moel Famau with friends just to take a walk and we said that we could do with a challenge.

We then chose to support the Wales Air Ambulance because it’s a lifesaving service and it’s funded by us, the people.

Trystan is very grateful for all the support he’s had, the money raised is fantastic. We feel lost now as we have nothing to do!”

The family marked his birthday by baking a cake and inviting friends to celebrate the occasion at the top of Moel Famau.

Trystan and the girls enjoyed the challenge and didn’t complain despite walking in different weather conditions, including wind and rain and 30 degrees heat.

You can donate to Trystan’s fundraiser via his just giving page Trystan Evans’s Birthday.

Wales Air Ambulance covers the whole of Wales every single day.

Each year Wales Air Ambulance helicopters attend around 2,500 missions, covering rural countryside and bustling towns and cities.

This includes the length of the Welsh coastline and across the vast mountain ranges from four airbase operations in Caernarfon, Llanelli, Welshpool and Cardiff.

Wales Air Ambulance can be there for anyone in Wales within 20 minutes. But don’t just fly patients to hospital – the service brings A&E directly to those in need.

Critical care consultants and practitioners onboard helicopters have some of the most pioneering equipment and skills in the world, including blood products and techniques developed in the Armed Forces.

This means that patients receive advanced care before they even reach the hospital.

Wales Air Ambulance is funded by the people of Wales; it relies entirely on the public’s support to help keep the helicopters flying.

The charity does not receive direct funding from the government and does not qualify for National Lottery funding.

The helicopters are kept in the air through charitable donations, fundraising events and membership of its own in-house Lifesaving Lottery.

The service needs to raise £6.5 million every year to operate the service, with each mission on average costing £1500.

To donate, click here

 

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