COLLEAGUES raising money to send ambulances to Ukraine are gearing up for a steep trek around the Great Orme. 

Friends at Business Insurance Specialists (BIS) on Trinity Square, Llandudno, are currently hard in training for the sunset walk that will take place in mid-September. 

Money raised through the challenge will boost funds for an appeal to buy two second-hand vehicles which will transport military and civilian casualties to hospital.

Already, the fundraisers have collected more than £1,300 via a raffle and through the support of family and friends. 

North Wales Pioneer: Roger Stevens, BIS Llandudno managing director.Roger Stevens, BIS Llandudno managing director. (Image: Submitted)

Roger Stevens, BIS managing director, said: “Every day we hear terrible news from Ukraine and we wanted to do what we can. Clients and friends of the business gave generously to our recent raffle but we wanted to do more so we agreed to get out and walk.

“Everyone knows the Great Orme for its scenic beauty and many have undertaken sponsored walks round there. This time it will be for a new cause and we need to be prepared as it’s tough going and some of us in the office may find it quite a challenge, including me.”

To prepare for the challenge, the workers have been carrying out power-walks on the prom. 

BIS is part of The County Group and covers a wide range of businesses in North Wales including hotels, restaurants and shops as well as marine-based operations such as marinas and yacht clubs.


Roger added: “Our mantra is 'small enough to care but large enough to matter' with good old-fashioned personal service.

“When there’s a cause, we can rely on the Llandudno community to get behind us, so much so there’s a chance we may recruit a few local businesses to join us round the Orme.”

Alastair Christopherson, The County Group CEO, based in the company’s Crewe headquarters, said: “Our branches pride themselves on being part of the community, doing their bit to support local causes.  

“We are also part of a global community shocked by the atrocities in Ukraine. The medical infrastructure has suffered badly and on the front line, 4x4s are being used to rescue casualties. This is where the ambulances will come into their own, transporting the wounded back to main hospitals.

“We’re sending our best wishes to Roger and team.

"It’s a big effort they are making but for a great cause and no doubt the breath-taking views will help to power every step.”

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The appeal aims to raise £30,000.