A hula-hoop marathon has raised £129 for a Welsh children’s hospice as part of a fitness-themed fundraiser held at an Ammanford opticians.

Hula-hoop challenge

Staff at Specsavers in Ammanford took part in the event which saw team members hula-hoop for a combined time of 1 hour and 23 minutes over one day in aid of Tŷ Hafan.

The hula-hoop marathon saw customers and locals joining in the sporting activities, which also included ping-pong ‘keepy-uppy’ relays.

‘Inspired by the health kick many of us try to adopt at the start of the New Year, we set a challenge for the staff that would push them both physically and mentally,’ says Lorna Phillips, Specsavers store manager in Ammanford.

‘As tough as the hula-hoop marathon was for staff, knowing that their efforts were raising money for the families at Tŷ Hafan made it all worthwhile. The challenge was a fantastic success that saw customers, friends and members of the community give generously to a cause we are so proud to support.’

Charity partnership

Specsavers announced its partnership with Tŷ Hafan in September 2016, kicking off the year-long commitment with a donation of £10,958 - the amount it costs the charity to provide a family with 24 hours of care.

The charity cares for life-limited children and young people, and provides vital support to their families, both within the hospice and through its community outreach programme.

Since 1999, it has supported 689 children across Wales, 263 of which are currently under its care.

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