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Coach company supports charity challenge

Coach company supports charity challenge

Mayor Cllr Ann Crimmings and Cllr Andrew Morgan with Edwards Coaches staff

Walkers will be scaling great heights in aid of the Rhondda Cynon Taf Mayor’s Charity Appeal this weekend, when they take part in the Welsh Three Peaks Challenge.

The challenge, to be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014, will involve scaling Snowdon, Cadair Idris and Pen y Fan all in one day. The event will raise funds for the charities chosen by Mayor of Rhondda Cynon Taf, Cllr Ann Crimmings, for her Charity Appeal - Macmillan Cancer Support (RCT), Guide Dogs Cymru and Diabetes Peer Support for Children (RCT).

A total of 44 walkers will be stepping out on the day, most of them aiming to complete all three peaks.

Fundraising efforts have shifted up a gear thanks to local coach company, Llantwit Fardre-based Edwards Coaches. The company is providing coaches free of charge to transport the walkers between locations on the day. This will save the event organisers £1,000 in transport costs, which can now be donated towards the appeal.

Mayor Cllr Crimmings and Cllr Andrew Morgan, Cabinet Member for Frontline Services met staff from Edwards Coaches to thank them for their support.

Cllr Crimmings said: “A big thank you to Edwards Coaches for their support for the Three Peaks Challenge, which we are very much looking forward to. The company has been a consistent supporter of previous Mayors’ Charity Appeals over the years.”

Cllr Morgan said: “Edwards Coaches has served our county borough for many years, employing many local people. We are very grateful for their continued support for the Appeal, which raises funds for organisations which help residents of Rhondda Cynon Taf.”

Participants in the Three Peaks Challenge on May 10 will firstly scale Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales, before driving down to the mighty Cadair Idris, also in Snowdonia. Finally, they will tackle the highest mountain in South Wales, Pen y Fan, to complete the challenge. Participants will walk a total distance of 20.35 miles and make a total ascent of 9,397ft (2,864m). Less experienced walkers are joining the last leg at Pen y Fan.

Edwards Coach tours has operated in South Wales since 1925. The first coach or ‘charabanc’ as they were commonly known, was a 1920 Spa. Over the next 20 years or so, the company’s main source of income was the local bus service into Pontypridd. Business increased as the Treforest Industrial Estate expanded and many factory workers were transported to work, and also to the munitions factory in Bridgend during World War II.

The Fifties and Sixties brought new ambitions for the company and its clients. Edwards Luxury Coaches travelled from all over the South Wales valleys to popular holiday destinations and organised tours as far afield as Paris, Belgium and Austria. The company now operates a fleet of 263 vehicles and employs 430 people.

Donations to the Mayor’s Charity Appeal can now be made through a secure online service. Please visit the Mayor's page if you would like to make a donation. Or if you have an idea for a fundraising event, please contact the Mayoral Office on 01443 494061 or email mayor@rctcbc.gov.uk

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