A LOCAL footballer is set to take on a gruelling charity challenge in aid of a Conwy hospice.

Mark Orme, who currently plays for Glan Conwy and coaches at Llandudno FC’s Academy, will be aiming to complete a four-day, 100-kilometre hike that encompasses the Welsh 3000s – the 15 peaks over 3000 foot across the country.

The March challenge is taking place in aid of St David’s Hospice, which is a facility close to Mr Orme’s heart after his mother passed away there in 2007.

A post on his JustGiving page, read: “St David's Hospice is a charity that is close to the hearts of several individuals that are taking part in this challenge.

“My mum Janet passed away there in April 2007, and we will never forget the care, love and support that was provided for both mum, and us as a family.

“Hospice care changes people’s lives, offering quality care, dignity and compassion for people facing the end of their life.

“Every year, UK hospices provide expert care and support to around 360,000 people, including adults and children with life-limiting or terminal conditions and their friends and families.

“This support is based on the belief that everyone matters all the way through their life until they die, and that no one should die in avoidable pain, suffering or emotional distress.”

Mr Orme will be joined on the daunting challenge by Gary Field, who is leading the group, with Alun Pritchard, Ben Woof, Dave Sweetman, Evan Humphreys, Howard Vaughan and Gareth Lavin also taking part.

He enjoyed a standout playing career at the likes of Llandudno, Denbigh Town and Holywell Town, and Mr Orme also spent time working as an assistant to Colwyn Bay manager Craig Hogg last season.

More than £650 of their £1,000 target has already been raised, and anyone wishing to donate can do so here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/marko2310.