A TRIO of staff members at the Apollo Rhyl bingo club walked 50 miles each on a treadmill yesterday (April 10) in aid of a charity, and in memory of one of their brothers.

Sarah Davis, administrator and chef at the club, took on this challenge with colleagues Ben and Mandy in aid of the mental health charity, Mind.

She did this in memory of her brother, Kevin, who died by suicide aged 46 last November.


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Though their initial plan was to walk from the club, on Brighton Road, to the Great Orme in Llandudno and back, they had to improvise after Storm Pierrick threw a spanner in the works.

Roughly £2,000 has been raised for the charity in total, which Sarah was delighted about.

She said: “We had to change the plan because of the storm the day before, which caused the coastal path to close.

“So, at the last minute we managed to get three treadmills, and we walked the same distance on treadmills inside the club!

“We’ve raised roughly £2,000, with a few sponsors still to come in. It’s such a good amount; we only put down a target of £500 in the first place – even when we just hit that, we had to pinch ourselves.”

Sarah, Ben and Mandy started the walk at 7am yesterday and finished at roughly 8.20pm, only taking five-minute breaks every 10 miles.

She was determined to help Mind as a show of appreciation for the help the charity has given her family since Kevin’s death.

“We had a lot of donations yesterday, as well; so it was a really good, if very tiring day,” she added.

“We all started to struggle in the last 10 miles or so – we had blisters and were aching everywhere – but it was quite emotional at the end.

“As we did the last half-mile, all of the customers came to watch us and cheer us on; a few tears were shed.”

If you would like support with your mental health, you can call Mind’s InfoLine on 0300 123 3393, or the Samaritans on 116 123.