Cricketer Andrew and his sister Melanie to tackle fundraising walk in honour of their late mum

Andrew Edwards

A brother and sister will take part in a three-day walk this summer to raise funds for a special memorial garden to be dedicated to their late mother.

Melanie Beckley and Andrew Edwards are preparing for the Pan North Wales Walk between August 15-17, which will total a distance of 67 miles.

The event is in tribute to their mother Hazel Davies, who sadly passed away suddenly on December 18, 2020, aged 77.

Hazel was a long-time supporter and campaigner for a better deal in life for people with Autism.

Her son Andrew is autistic and no-one worked harder than Hazel to help enhance his quality of life.

Andrew will be well-known to many Grassroots North Wales readers as a member of Chirk Cricket Club, where he plays for the second XI and also writes match reports for our website.

He is also a fundraising assistant for Your Space, who have launched an appeal in memory of his mother to make a permanent memorial to her in the form of an Autism Sensory Garden at its base in Llay Resource Centre.

The target is £15,000 with £800 raised already from Hazel’s daughter Melanie’s “A Month of Sunday Half Marathons” in September 2021, a commemorative evening in memory of Hazel in October and other smaller donations.

Melanie Beckley

The Pan North Wales Walk starts from Caerhun Farm in Bangor on Monday, August 15, and is scheduled to end at Your Space’s base at Llay Resource Centre on Wednesday August 17.

Labour MS for North Wales, Carolyn Thomas, is scheduled to join the last leg. The three days cover a total distance of 67 miles.

Schedule:
Day One – Caerhun Farm, Bangor to Pen Cefn Farm, Abergele….29.08 miles
Day Two – North Wales Coastal Path to the Beginning of Moel Famau….28.25 miles
Day Three – Llyn Rhys Campsite, Llandegla to Llay Resource Centre, Wrexham….10 miles.

Andrew said:

“My sister Melanie Beckley and I, are undertaking a Pan North Wales walk to raise money for Your Space to see The Hazel Davies Autism Sensory Garden come to fruition.

“It will be in memory of our mother, Hazel Davies, who sadly passed away suddenly aged 77 in December 2020 due to COVID and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

Our mother was also a tireless campaigner for autism and her son. Her life was dedicated to it from the moment I was diagnosed in April 1989 aged four when the specialist told my mother to “go home and watch Rain Man. In all probability your son will be institutionalised.”

YOUR SPACE

Your Space (Marches) is a small charity (Number 1153848) that covers Wrexham, Flintshire, Denbighshire and North Shropshire and supports children with Autistic Spectrum Condition and their families.

They began as a pilot activity and social club for children and young people aged 8-19 who were on the Autistic Spectrum in 2011. Your Space increased its clubs and became its own not for profit company in 2012 and a registered charity in 2013.

The activities are held at different locations in Wrexham County Borough. We are mainly based at the Resource Centre in Llay with additional community activities within the wider geographical area in North East Wales and North Shropshire. Activities run throughout the year outside school hours.

For our families we deliver monthly activities that the whole family can join such as our Family Swim Night, Sibling Sundays and Family Days Out.

Our Family Outreach Team offers parents and carers support, advice along with guidance. We are able to run counselling sessions with our highly trained in-house counsellor. Our Family Support Worker provides respite and community activities.

For information please visit our website at http://www.yourspacemarches.co.uk along with our active Facebook page @YourSpaceWales

Andrew added:

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our company sponsors and backers
• Intramark Leicester
• Goldmark St. Albans
• Civic Robes Cheadle
• First Celtic Toys LTD
• North Wales Beds
• Lindop Brothers Toyota
• Yellow and Blue Hub
• Magellan
• MB Fitness

  • Gresford Eyecare

“Nonetheless, we are also on the look out for further company sponsorship to get us closer to our target of reaching £15,000 to enable the big Sensory Garden to come to fruition.

“So, feel free to contact Andrew Edwards on Andrew@yourspacemarches.co.uk or by phoning 07828 013 025.

“It is the least we feel that we can do to create a legacy for a wonderful and heroic person.”

Below is the link to the appeal page – please donate if you can….

https://localgiving.org/appeal/HazelDaviesMemorialAutismSensoryGarden/

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