Posted: Tue 2nd Mar 2021

A Grand Week in Wales event sees people across Wales collaborate in various themed challenges

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Mar 2nd, 2021

An event has seen people across Wales come together to collectively complete various challenges leading up to St David’s Day.

‘A Grand Week in Wales’ ran between 22 February-1 March and saw a total of six out of nine challenges completed, with themes centered around Wales’ 1000-mile circumference.

Nanny Biscuit, Green Paw Project and NEWydd School Meals all collaborated to bring the inaugural event to Wales and raise money to combat food poverty, isolation and loneliness.

Shane Phillips, Chief Design Officer for Nanny Biscuit, said: “A Grand Week in Wales’ main objective was to encourage members of the public, of all ages and abilities, to join in a celebration of Wales and participate in ‘Grand’ challenges in the lead up to St David’s Day.

“This has been a great success with people of all ages exercising more, families baking Welsh cakes, school children writing poetry and communities collecting litter from our beautiful countryside and towns.”

The challenges and their totals, as of 1 March at 11pm, are:

  • Grand Welsh Relay: 4097.6/1000 miles – 100% complete
  • Grand Welsh Cakes: 1136/1000 Welsh cakes enjoyed – 100% complete
  • Grand Welsh Dig: 145/1000 trees/bulbs planted – 14% complete
  • Grand Welsh Feed: 1079/1000 meals to those in need – 100% complete
  • Grand Welsh Workers: 1040/1000 meals for key workers – 100% complete
  • Grand Welsh Pick: 697.5/1000 bags of litter/plastic picked – 69% complete
  • Grand Welsh Poem: 1062/1000 lines of poetry written – 100% complete
  • Grand Welsh Singalong: 61/1000 musical performances recorded – 6% complete
  • Grand Welsh Memories: 1000 letters from Liberty Care Flintshire between elderly and young – 100% complete

As well as the challenges completed, a number of donations were received via fundraisers and one-off donations totalling £4,000 as of 1st March at 11pm.

Shane said: “We are overwhelmed by the support for our first ever Grand Week in Wales event and amazed by the challenge totals achieved. The effort and enthusiasm from everyone has been truly inspiring and surpassed our expectations, receiving contributions from all over Wales.”

He added a number of special mentions to people who helped make the event a reality, those people representing various organisations across North Wales and beyond:

  • Daniel Royle and the MoneySuperMarket Bytes Team
  • Steve Jones and NEWydd Cleaning & Catering
  • Jemma Defries and Flint High School
  • Ste Chesters and Green Paw Project
  • Sarah Pratt and Plastic Reduction Mold – Lleihau Plastig Yr Wyddgrug
  • AJ Mog and Litter Picking for Deeside
  • Julie Jones and Team Red Volunteers
  • Laura Rogers and Deeside Netball Club 
  • Beverly Jones Paralympic Bronze Medal Winner
  • Auckland Welsh Choir, NZ
  • Welsh Dragon Choir, Portland Oregan USA
  • Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association

Nanny Biscuit, Green Paw Project and NEWydd School Meals are “extremely grateful” to those who helped spread the word about ‘A Grand Week in Wales’, which is likely to be an annual event celebrating “our beautiful country,” Shane ended.

To find out more information on the event, visit the ‘A Grand Week in Wales’ page on the Nanny Biscuit website – https://nannybiscuit.org/grand-week-in-wales/ and visit https://nannybiscuit.org/ for more news and updates on Nanny Biscuit.

By Jordan Adams

Photos provided are courtesy of Nanny Biscuit

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