Principality staff put their best foot forward for BHF Cymru
12:04pm Wednesday 21st August 2013 in Penarth news
FOUR members of staff from Wales largest building society put their best foot forward to raise hundreds of pounds for charity.
The four from Principality Building Society's head office in Cardiff completed the 22 mile walk around all of the Society's Cardiff and Penarth branches to raise more than £550 for British Heart Foundation Cymru.
Andrew Lee, Ben Davies, Darren Timothy and Lloyd Davies started at Principality's head office off Queen Street at 9am and walked to all nine branches in the Cardiff region and Stanwell Road in Penarth, with the target of getting back to head office by 5pm.
Darren said: "We were delighted that not only did we manage to complete the challenge but we actually managed to get back to the office by 4.30pm. None of us had ever done anything like it before but we really wanted to support Principality's charity of the year by doing something special.
"We were thrilled that we have raised more than £550 for the charity and we still have more money coming in. Our colleagues, family and friends have been really supportive and we would also like to say a big thank you to all the Principality customers that were really generous when we saw them in our branches along the way."
Staff at the 53 Principality branches and 17 agencies across Wales and the borders voted for BHF Cymru to be named as their latest official charity.
All the money raised by the charitable partnership is going to support the No Time to Wait Campaign which was launched in August 2012 with Rhodri Morgan as its Patron and supported by local Olympians, Lynn Davies MBE and Jamie Baulch.
BHF Cymru is working in partnership with the Welsh Ambulance Services Trust to train people in emergency life-saving support skills and to place many more life-saving defibrillators (AEDs) in local communities across Wales.
Catherine Campbell, fundraising and volunteer manager at BHF Cymru for South East Wales said: "This is a fantastic way to raise the profile of our campaign within South Wales and we are grateful to those members of staff who undertook this challenge and raised more than £550 towards the No Time to Wait campaign and indeed all of Principality's staff who are taking on fundraising activities for BHF Cymru."
She added If someone has collapsed, is not breathing normally and is unresponsive, they are in cardiac arrest. This means their heart has stop pumping blood around their body. Without resuscitation (including CPR and defibrillation) cardiac arrest is always fatal. Currently only around one in 10 people survive an out of hospital cardiac arrest. With more people in Wales trained in emergency life-support skills and more defibrillators available locally, the chances of resuscitating someone from a cardiac arrest should be greatly improved.
Defibrillators need to be available in areas of greatest risk areas where there is a high incidence of cardiac arrest and in areas where it is difficult for an ambulance to get there quickly. This is particularly important in Wales, where many people live in remote communities.
You can support the team by visiting their JustGiving page www.justgiving.com/pbsbranchwalk.