18 June 2021
Yesterday, Thursday 17th June, saw staff and students from Coleg Gwent taking on their biggest charity challenge yet. In aid of St David’s Hospice Care – our college’s chosen charity of the year – staff and learners pledged to cover as many miles as possible in 24 hours in all manner of ways. They ran, walked, cycled, rowed, swam, skied and danced their way through a series of fundraising events throughout the day, to raise vital funds and awareness of the fantastic work carried out by St David’s Hospice Care.
With our Academic and Enterprise Studies Faculty Director, Ian Millward, leading the way with an epic all-day bike ride, the events kicked off at sunrise as he set off on his journey at 5:30am. Covering a grand total of 206.7 miles and finishing his cycling challenge just as the sun was going down before 10pm, Ian ascended mountains, cycled on roads and winding lanes, and visited each of our five campuses along the way. Joined by other staff for portions of the route and cheered on by staff and learners at each campus, Ian’s impressive cycling feat spurred us on to go the extra mile too, with a multitude of exciting events taking place across the college.
Well done to all the students and staff who took up the challenge and went the distance for St David’s Hospice Care. Tania Ansell, Business and Community Fundraiser at St David’s Hospice Care, commented;
“On behalf of all the patients and staff at St David’s Hospice Care, thank you everyone! Ian’s achievement is amazing, well done on completing the challenge. We have been truly humbled and bowled over by your enthusiasm and passion for raising money for the hospice and going the #ExtraMile. Tonight, we’ll have our hospice nurses in the homes of patients, offering care and reassurance to the patients and their families who are on an end of life journey. We can provide this dedicated service at no cost to the patients because of what YOU are doing! We are so proud of you all. Take a bow Coleg Gwent!”
Here are some of the fantastic achievements of students and staff who took part n the Extra Mile challenge:
Overall on the day, staff and students across the college racked up an incredible 4,572 miles (and counting!) and we’re so proud of their enthusiasm for such a good cause.
Well done to everyone involved in making the day such a success and thank you for all the generous donations for St David’s Hospice Care. Donations are still flooding in and we’re already a third of the way towards our £10,000 target which will make a world of difference for the charity. There’s still time to donate in support of the Extra Mile challenge – you can donate quickly and easily online through our Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/coleggwent.