Bridgend housing association set to walk 20km to mark 20 years as part of national walking challenge

Dedicated staff from Valleys to Coast housing association are preparing to walk 20 kilometres to mark their 20-year anniversary as part of a national walking challenge raising “invaluable” funds for people across Wales.

The Bridgend-based housing association will be taking on its walk on July 27th, as part of the national Hiking for Housing challenge.

The challenge will see 12 Welsh housing associations take on sponsored walks, runs or cycles in a bid to support numerous Welsh charities and causes.

Valleys to Coast will be taking on a 20-km walk from Ogmore Valley to Bridgend town to help raise funds for specialist palliative care service Y Bwythyn Newydd. The service, which is based in the grounds of the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend, supports people with cancer, their relatives and carers and helps with their physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

Alongside Valleys to Coast, other housing associations taking part in the national challenge are Melin Homes, Cardiff Community Housing Association, Clwyd Alyn, Newydd, Monmouthshire Housing Association, Tai Calon, Cartrefi Conwy, Caredig, Bron Afon, Stori, and RHA Wales.

Cassie Jennings, walk leader for Valleys to Coast, said: “We’re really excited to be taking on the Hiking for Housing challenge for such a worthwhile cause. As a team we recognise the vital role that Y Bwythyn Newydd plays in Bridgend.

“Housing associations like ours, work tirelessly to ensure people live safe and happy lives, so we are delighted to be supporting this charity which very much shares our values as an organisation.”

Each housing association has been supported by the sector’s trade body Community Housing Cymru, which has coordinated the walks and brought in experts from team building specialist Call of the Wild and Welsh legal firm Hugh James to advise the participants on their events.

Stuart Ropke, Chief Executive at Community Housing Cymru, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting and coordinating this fantastic nationwide sponsored walk event.

“We’d like to thank all housing associations and their staff who will be taking part in these walks, and wish them the very best of luck as they walk, run, or cycle the distance.

“If you are able to sponsor one of the teams taking part, please do.”

Those who wish to sponsor Valleys to Coast can visit their GoFundMe page here.

Community Housing Cymru is the voice of housing associations in Wales, with its members providing almost 165,000 homes to 10% of the Welsh population.

Find out more about Community Housing Cymru here