Waste sector backing wanted for kid's hospice climb after Bunting sponsor entire mountain

MAGNETIC Separator specialists, Bunting Magnetics Europe Ltd have been announced as the headline sponsor for the fi rst stage of a gruelling challenge that aims to raise much needed funds for Tŷ Hafan, a children’s hospice charity based in South Wales.

Tŷ Hafan is one of the UK’s leading paediatric palliative care charities, and off ers care to children and support for their families, throughout Wales.

Bunting Magnetics specialise in providing metal separation and magnet-based solutions, and have their European manufacturing headquarters based in Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire, UK.

Between the 5th and 7th July 2018, a group of 13 men will climb fi ve UK mountains in 55 hours, to raise funds for Tŷ Hafan, the children’s hospice in Wales - where life limited children and their families are off ered specialist care and support, to help them make the most of the time they have left together and create and cherish a lifetime of memories.

Bunting will sponsor Ben Nevis - the fi rst mountain the group will tackle. The team will then scale Scafell Pike in England, Snowdon, Cadair Idris and Pen y Fan in Wales - all within 55 hours, including travel time.

Incredible challenge in the name of charity

Quite a feat, admittedly, and an incredible challenge in the name of charity. Between the climbers, the men share a special, bitter- sweet bond that most people will never have – they’re all part of a family with children who have life-limiting conditions.

They belong to the Tŷ Hafan Dads’ group – a support network formed back in 2008 for fathers of children who have been supported by Tŷ Hafan.

The group enables dads to meet others in the same situation, helping them share their worries and fears about having a child with a life-limiting condition.

Tŷ Hafan, with its community programmes and hospice-based care, has been part of the men’s journey, providing comfort and support and helping them spend what time they have with their children in the best possible way.

Bunting became involved when Paul Fears (Above Right - back left in photograph), Press Offi cer and Photographer, announced that he was taking on the #5in55 challenge. Paul and his family have received many years of support from Tŷ Hafan since his eldest son, Greg, was diagnosed with a life-limiting condition.

“Paul talked to us about the challenge and explained this group of Dads just wanted to do something to promote Tŷ Hafan, and thank the staff and care team,” said Simon Ayling, Bunting’s MD.

SAMUEL John Ballance and William George Megarry of Lisburn Road, Glenavy have been fi ned a total of £6,000 (plus an off ender’s levy of £13) at Lisburn Magistrates' Court, for breaches of waste management legislation.

On dates between November 2015 and June 2016, offi cers from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) identifi ed that the defendants were unlawfully keeping approximately 6,668 tonnes of controlled waste - without the appropriate waste authorisation - on land owned by them on Cairnhill Road in Glenavy.

This waste was a mix of inert and non-inert waste which included 8

SHWM July, 2018

“Walking up fi ve mountains in 55 hours was considered to be tough enough to be a real challenge, but is nothing compared to the daily challenges faced by the families and children who are supported by Tŷ Hafan. Immediately, we wanted to support them and asked to sponsor the climb to the top of the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis."

Family Support Practitioner Gareth Jenkins, runs a Dads’ Group at Tŷ Hafan and will be joining them on the challenge.

Gareth said: “We’re delighted to have Bunting on board and we’re so grateful for their support. This is more than just a group of men climbing mountains, it is about showing others that no matter what the odds, no matter what obstacles lie before you, that you can accomplish anything”.

Donations for the Ty Hafan #5in55 Mountain Challenge can be made on their Just Giving site. To fi nd out more about the #5in55 Challenge and the work of Tŷ Hafan, visit:


Glenavy men fi ned four fi gure amount for waste tipping

concrete, plastic, brick, ceramics, wood, tarmac, electrical cabling, clay and soil.

Following offi cers inspections, the waste plastics, wood, electrical cabling and other non-inert, biodegradable items were removed by the landowners.

The removal of this potentially polluting non-inert waste resulted in a more favourable outcome for the environment.

The NIEA strives to achieve a clean healthy environment and has said it will continue to take action against those responsible for waste tipping on unauthorised sites.

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