A 38-strong team from the P&A Group donned their trainers and pounded the pavements in a 24-hour walking and running challenge to raise funds for North East Wales Mind, the company’s chosen charity for 2024.

With participants representing all divisions of the Group, including Zest - outdoor living timber products, P&A Pallets and the Woodworks Garden Centre and Café, the team followed a 1.5-mile lap route. Setting off from the P&A head office in Mold the route took them past the pallets and packing division and the Woodworks Garden Centre. In total, the team walked over 325.5 miles and with five employees -  McGrane, Liam Ali, Ben Morgan, Reza Yaghoubi and Carl Jones – walking over 20 miles each! Some team members even joined in remotely with Zest sales lead, Paul Haynes, completing nearly 17 miles from his base in Scotland.

The funds raised for this latest challenge for North East Wales Mind via donations and gift aid means that they are likely to reach its 2024 fundraising target of £10k for the year within a record six months. P&A are totally committed to raising awareness of mental health issues by supporting North East Wales Mind as their chosen charity.

Andrew Baker, Managing Director of P&A Group commented:

“It was truly inspiring to see so many of our dedicated employees come together to tackle the 24-hour challenge. The willingness to volunteer time exemplifies the strong sense of teamwork that defines our organisation. Whether completing a couple of laps or going above and beyond by walking over twenty miles, all efforts are deeply appreciated.

“I would like to give a special mention to Martin McGrane and Liam Ali, who walked throughout the night to ensure the challenge was successfully accomplished. This level of commitment is unbelievable, and the dedication showed is a testament to our team spirit.

“This event showcased shared values and commitment to supporting both our colleagues and the charities that make a difference in our communities. It was also a fantastic opportunity to boost our personal fitness and well-being, as spending time in the great outdoors is massively beneficial for mental health.

“It’s important to do more to remove the stigma and silence that surrounds mental well-being and make it easy to talk about our mental health, so supporting the work that North East Wales Mind do is worth the effort. It was a challenge but extremely worthwhile.”

North East Wales Mind helps people in Flintshire and Wrexham recover from mental health problems and stay emotionally healthy. In addition to telephone counselling and emotional support, the charity offers a range of online services and activities. Their phone lines are open 10am till 4pm each weekday.

The P&A Group comprises Zest Outdoor Living, a leading supplier of award-winning timber garden products, the award-winning Woodworks Garden Centre and Café in Mold, P&A Pallets & Packaging and St Andrews Business Centre for leased and virtual offices.

To donate to North East Wales Mind, please click here